Penn State at Michigan College Football Picks and Predictions 11/3/2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
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The Michigan Wolverines host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The opening line for this game has Michigan as 11.5 point favorites. The Wolverines have an over/under record of 4-4-0 and they are 5-3-0 against the spread. The Nittany Lions have an ATS record of 5-3-0 while their over/under record is 6-2-0.
Valuable Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 6-2-0 against the over/under
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-3-0 against the spread
Important Michigan Wolverines Betting Trends
The Michigan Wolverines are 4-4-0 against the over/under
The Michigan Wolverines are 5-3-0 against the spread
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
Key Michigan Wolverines Injuries
10/28/18 DL Rashan Gary Arm is questionable Saturday vs Penn State
10/18/18 LB Drew Singleton Personal has left team
09/25/18 DB Benjamin St-Juste Undisclosed is out for season
09/17/18 QB Jacob West ACL is out for season
09/09/18 P Brad Robbins Back is out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Penn State Nittany Lions have run for 1,802 yards as a team, which ranks 26th in college football. They've run 319 times, averaging 5.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Nittany Lions have been penalized on offense 45 times for 404 yards so far this season, which has them 90th in the country in penalties. They are 12th in the nation in points scored with 328. They have run 561 plays this season for 3,676 yards, which ranks them 64th in Division 1 in total offense. The Nittany Lions average 6.6 yards per play, which is 17th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 176 1st downs this year, placing them 53rd overall as an offensive unit. Trace McSorley averages 7 yards per pass attempt and 7.3 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 123 passes on 232 attempts for a completion percentage of 53%. His quarterback rating this year is 125.6. He has thrown for 1,629 yards this season.
The Nittany Lions rush defense has allowed 327 attempts for 1,291 yards this year, putting them in 69th place in D-1 against the run. Penn State has committed 66 penalties for 585 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 115th in college football. They are 40th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 178. They have surrendered a total of 3,094 yards on D, which is 66th in the country. The Nittany Lions are ranked 20th in yards per play allowed with 4.7. Opposing offenses have completed 175 passes on 325 attempts against the Penn State Nittany Lions defense this season, placing them 108th and 124th in Division 1. The Penn State pass defense has also given up a total of 1,803 yards through the air, which is 62nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Penn State Nittany Lions have attempted 13 field goals this season and made 9, which is 66th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 69%. Penn State Nittany Lions kickers have made 98% of their extra points, going 41 for 42 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,693 yards on 40 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 55th in Division 1 in punting average. Penn State is ranked 1st in the nation in punt returns with 27. They've accumulated 254 punt return yards and average 9.4 yards per return, which is 61st in college football. They have returned 20 kicks for 565 yards on special teams, ranking 19th in kick return yardage. The Nittany Lions average 28 yards per kick return and they are 20th in the country in all-purpose yards with 4,495.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Wolverines are 29th in the country in points scored with 288. They have run 538 plays this year for 3,363 yards, which ranks them 89th in Division 1 in total offense. The Michigan Wolverines average 6.3 yards per play, which is 34th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 165 1st downs this season, ranking them 78th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Michigan has run for 1,702 yards as a unit, which ranks 35th in college football. They've run 337 times, averaging 5.1 yards per rush as a unit. Michigan has been penalized on offense 62 times for 587 yards so far this year, which has them 27th in the country in penalties. Shea Patterson has passed for 1,523 yards this year. He's completed 123 throws while attempting 184 passes for a completion percentage of 66.8%. His quarterback rating this season is 154.6. He averages 8.8 adjusted yards per throw and 8.3 yards per pass attempt.
Michigan is 6th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 115. They have given up a total of 1,760 yards on D, which is 1st in D-1. The Wolverines are 1st in yards per play allowed with 3.7. Opponent offenses have completed 97 throws on 204 attempts against the Michigan defense this season, ranking them 2nd and 9th in the nation. The Michigan Wolverines pass defense has also surrendered a total of 983 yards in the air, which is 1st overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 271 attempts for 777 yards this season, putting them in 11th place in the country against the run. The Wolverines have had 45 penalties for 411 yards on defense this year. That places them 41st in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Michigan is 6th in the country in punt returns with 23. They've totaled 213 punt return yards and average 9.3 yards per return, which is 63rd in D-1. They have returned 14 kicks for 287 yards on special teams, which puts them 92nd in kick return yardage. The Michigan Wolverines average 21 yards per kick return and they are 55th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,863. The Wolverines have tried 15 field goals this year and made 11, which is 33rd in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 73%. Michigan kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 32 for 33 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,387 yards on 28 punts, averaging 50 yards per punt. That ranks them 2nd in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Wolverines college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Wolverines -11.5
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