Penn State Nittany Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction, 10/24/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Indiana Memorial Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (-7.5)
Sean Clifford and the Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2 last year) are headed to Indiana Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Indiana Hoosiers (8-5 last season). Indiana opens this game as 7.5-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 57.
In their last game in 2019, the Penn State Nittany Lions faced the Memphis Tigers and left there with a win by a score of 53-39. Sean Clifford went 11/20 with 133 yards via the pass and tossed 1 TD. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. Journey Brown paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 56 yards and he tallied 2 touchdowns for this game. He rushed for 202 yards by way of 16 carries which gave him an average of 12.6 yards per run. KJ Hamler led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 46 yards on 2 receptions. He earned an average of 23.0 yards per catch for the game.
The Nittany Lions racked up 5,373 total yards for the prior campaign. As a team they maintained an average of 192.0 yds on the ground, which was 36th in the nation. Penn State compiled 25 touchdowns via the pass and 34 touchdowns on the ground. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Penn State Nittany Lions averaged 35.8 points per game. Regarding passing yards, the Nittany Lions conceded 3,270 yds which put them in 115th in D-1. The opposition ran for an average of 2.6 yards per tote and 95.3 yards on the ground per contest last season. They gave up 10 passing touchdowns as well as 13 rushing touchdowns. Overall, they allowed 1,239 yards via the ground game in 13 contests. They allowed 346.8 yards/game which had them sitting 45th in the nation. The Nittany Lions were sitting in 20th in college football concerning team defense, allowing 16.0 points per game.
For his career, Clifford has passed for 2,849 yards with 25 touchdowns and 7 picks. Since his college career started, he has taken off and run 121 times totaling 399 yards. His quarterback rating is 153.9 with a TD percentage of 7.7% and an interception rate of 2.1%. He is averaging 178.1 yds per contest. Sean Clifford has connected on 194 of his career 326 throws for a completion percentage of 59.5%.
The last time they took the field last year, the Indiana Hoosiers faced the Tennessee Volunteers and went home in defeat by a score of 23-22. Peyton Ramsey went 20/34 with 227 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He tossed 1 interception for the game. Ramsey led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 16 yards and he added 1 touchdown for this game. He rushed for a total of 54 yards by way of 17 carries which meant he was running for 3.2 yards per run. Peyton Hendershot was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 67 yards on 6 receptions. He notched an average of 11.2 yards per reception for the game.
They had an average of 130.8 yards per game on the ground and toted the ball for 1,700 yards for last season. Last year, the Hoosiers had a total of 3,931 yards via the pass not to mention averaging 302.4 passing yards per outing, which was ranked 15th in D-1. The Indiana Hoosiers had an average of 433.2 yards/game which ranked them 42nd in D-1. In relation to how much they scored, the Hoosiers sat 42nd in the nation holding an average of 31.8 PPG. The Hoosiers conceded 24.4 points per game, which had them in 57th in the country. Last year, they relinquished 317 total points. Indiana gave up a total of 1,804 yards via the ground game (138.8 yards per contest) and 17 touchdowns rushing last season. They allowed 20 touchdowns via the pass as well as 213.7 yards/game, which put them in 58th in the country.
Michael Penix has thrown 11 touchdowns while tossing 4 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD rate when attempting a pass is 5.7% and his interception percentage is 2.1%. He has rushed for 164 yards on 29 tries. He is averaging 179.2 passing yards per contest with a 152.0 QB rating. In the 9 games in his college career, Michael Penix has connected on 131 of his 194 attempts for 1,613 yards.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions -7.5
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