Iowa at Penn State College Football Picks and Predictions 10/27/2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
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The Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Beaver Stadium to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 9 point favorites. The Hawkeyes have an ATS record of 6-1-0 while their over/under record is 4-3-0. The Nittany Lions have an over/under record of 5-2-0 and they are 4-3-0 against the spread.
Valuable Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 4-3-0 against the over/under
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-1-0 against the spread
Important Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-2-0 against the over/under
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 4-3-0 against the spread
Key Iowa Hawkeyes Injuries
10/21/18 LB Jack Hockaday Knee is questionable Saturday vs Penn State
10/17/18 FB Brady Ross Leg is out indefinitely
Key Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
09/25/18 RB Mark Allen Undisclosed is out for season
08/28/18 LB Manny Bowen Left Team is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 62nd in Division 1 in points scored with 214. They have run 492 plays this season for 2,781 yards, which ranks them 70th in the nation in total offense. The Hawkeyes average 5.7 yards per play, which is 67th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 144 1st downs this year, placing them 82nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Iowa has run for 1,158 yards as a team, which ranks 79th in the country. They've run 289 times, averaging 4 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Hawkeyes have been penalized on offense 41 times for 369 yards so far this season, which has them 84th in the nation in penalties. Nathan Stanley has thrown for 1,559 yards this season. He has completed 119 passes on 196 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 148.3. He averages 8 yards per pass attempt and 8.2 adjusted yards per throw.
Iowa is 6th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 99. They have surrendered a total of 1,807 yards on D, which is 5th in Division 1. The Hawkeyes are ranked 7th in yards per play allowed with 4.3. Opposing offenses have completed 127 passes on 211 attempts against the Iowa Hawkeyes defense this season, placing them 48th and 45th in the country. The Iowa pass defense has also given up a total of 1,250 yards through the air, which is 21st overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 205 attempts for 557 yards this year, putting them in 3rd place in D-1 against the run. The Hawkeyes have committed 43 penalties for 388 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 55th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Iowa is ranked 55th in the nation in punt returns with 12. They've accumulated 81 punt return yards and average 6.8 yards per return, which is 86th in college football. They have returned 9 kicks for 278 yards on special teams, ranking 79th in kick return yardage. The Hawkeyes average 31 yards per kick return and they are 83rd in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,140. The Iowa Hawkeyes have attempted 13 field goals this season and made 10, which is 30th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 77%. Iowa Hawkeyes kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 26 for 26 this year. Their punters have totaled 941 yards on 23 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That places them 79th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Nittany Lions have run for 1,684 yards as a team, which ranks 16th in the nation. They've run 284 times, averaging 5.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Nittany Lions have been penalized on offense 39 times for 357 yards so far this year, which has them 91st in the country in penalties. They are 12th in Division 1 in points scored with 298. They have run 497 plays this year for 3,364 yards, which ranks them 63rd in the nation in total offense. The Penn State Nittany Lions average 6.8 yards per play, which is 17th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 162 1st downs this season, ranking them 50th overall as an offensive unit. Trace McSorley has completed 112 throws while attempting 207 passes for a completion percentage of 54.1%. He has passed for 1,462 yards this year. He averages 7.5 adjusted yards per throw and 7.1 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 128.1.
The Penn State Nittany Lions rush defense has given up 289 attempts for 1,156 yards this season, putting them in 72nd place in the country against the run. They have had 60 penalties for 560 yards on defense this year. That places them 113th in Division 1. Penn State is 36th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 154. They have given up a total of 2,739 yards on D, which is 64th in the nation. The Nittany Lions are 30th in yards per play allowed with 4.9. Opponent offenses have completed 155 throws on 274 attempts against the Penn State defense this season, ranking them 108th and 119th in the country. The Penn State Nittany Lions pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,583 yards in the air, which is 60th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Penn State Nittany Lions have tried 10 field goals this year and made 6, which is 89th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 60%. Penn State kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 38 for 39 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,484 yards on 35 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That ranks them 50th in the NCAA in punting average. Penn State is 2nd in the country in punt returns with 23. They've totaled 244 punt return yards and average 10.6 yards per return, which is 45th in D-1. They have returned 18 kicks for 483 yards on special teams, which puts them 25th in kick return yardage. The Nittany Lions average 27 yards per kick return and they are 15th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 4,092.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Nittany Lions college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes +9
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