Penn State Nittany Lions vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: SHI Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (-9)
SHI Stadium is the venue where Noah Vedral and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-4) will play the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-5) on Saturday. Rutgers opens this contest as 9-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 57.5.
The last time they played, the Penn State Nittany Lions took on the Michigan Wolverines and went home with the win by a score of 27-17. Sean Clifford went 17/28 with 163 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Keyvone Lee paced the team in rushing for that game. He broke a long run for 24 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for this game. He ran for 134 yards on 22 carries which had him averaging 6.1 yards per run. Parker Washington was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 93 yards on 9 catches. He averaged 10.3 yards per catch for that game.
When talking about putting points on the board, the Penn State Nittany Lions have an average of 25.0 points per contest. As a unit they're averaging 158.2 yards on the ground which ranks them 69th in the country. The Nittany Lions have earned 2,507 total yards for the season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Penn State has amassed 11 touchdowns via the pass and 8 touchdowns via the ground. The Nittany Lions sit in 104th in the country regarding team defense, allowing 32.8 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.0 yards per rush and 144.5 rushing yards per contest this season. In total, they have allowed 867 rushing yards through 6 outings. In terms of yards through the air, the Nittany Lions are giving up 1,220 yards which ranks them 57th in college football. In their 6 games, they have conceded 203.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 63.2%. Overall, they are allowing 347.8 yards per outing which ranks them 40th in D-1.
For his collegiate career, Clifford has thrown for 4,082 yds with 36 TD's and 15 interceptions. Over the course of his time in college, he has taken off and run 194 different times totaling 654 rushing yards. He has a quarterback rating of 144.2 with a TD percentage of 7.1% and an interception percentage of 3.0%. He is averaging 185.5 yds per game. Sean Clifford has connected on 298 of his attempted career 506 tosses for a completion percentage of 58.9%.
The last time they played, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights took on the Purdue Boilermakers and went home with the win by a score of 37-30. Artur Sitkowski went 18/27 with 141 yards by way of the pass and completed 2 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. Johnny Langan paced the team in rushing for that contest. He tore off a long run of 10 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 95 yards by way of 21 carries which gave him an average of 4.5 yards per carry. Shameen Jones led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 88 yards on 8 catches. He notched an average of 11.0 yards per catch for that contest.
In relation to their ability to score points, the Scarlet Knights are ranking 52nd in college football by scoring 30.8 points per outing. During the season thus far, the Scarlet Knights have earned 1,398 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 233.0 passing yards per game, which ranks 63rd in Division 1. They maintain an average of 135.8 yards per game on the ground and have toted the ball for 815 yards for the season. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights average 368.8 yards/outing which is good for 88th in college football. Rutgers has given up a total of 1,047 yards on the ground (174.5 yards/game) in addition to 9 touchdowns rushing this season. The Scarlet Knights are allowing 35.7 PPG, which has them sitting 120th in D-1. In total, they have surrendered 214 points. They have allowed 17 touchdowns through the air in addition to 260.2 yards per game, which has them in 105th in college football.
Vedral has thrown 9 TD's while tossing 9 picks in his career. His touchdown percentage is 3.4% and his interception rate is 3.4%. He has scampered for 284 yds on 100 attempts. He averages 107.3 yards per contest through the air with a 127.1 QB rating. In 17 contests in his college career, Noah Vedral has completed 168 of 262 attempts for a total of 1,824 yards.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Scarlet Knights college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions -9
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