Auburn Tigers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nittany Lions (-6)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) are hosting the Auburn Tigers (2-0) at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Penn State is 6-point favorites. The total is set at 53.5.
The Auburn Tigers head into this matchup 2-0 this season. In their last game, the Tigers went up against the Alabama State Hornets and notched a win by a score of 62-0. Tank Bigsby was the leader on the ground for the Tigers with 11 attempts for 122 yds (11.1 yards per carry). Bo Nix went 9/17 with 108 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 145.1 and walked away from the game without throwing a pick. On the ground, the Tigers conceded 46 yds on 29 attempts, which is an average of 1.6 yds per run allowed. Auburn gave up 19 completions on 29 attempts for a total of 130 yards, and a completion rate of 65.5%. In all, they tallied 58 plays which totaled 538 yards. The Auburn Tigers ran the football 39 times and accrued 364 yds, which came out to an average of 9.3 yds per carry.
Concerning scoring points, the Auburn Tigers are sitting at 61.0 points per outing. As a unit they're maintaining an average of 340.0 yards in the run game which ranks them 3rd in D-1. The Tigers have tallied 1,151 yards in total this year. With reference to getting the ball in the endzone, Auburn has compiled 6 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns. Auburn has accrued 49 first downs, and they have committed 13 penalties for 92 yards.
The Tigers are sitting in 13th in D-1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 5.0 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 1.0 yards per running attempt and 33.5 rushing yards per game so far this season. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 67 yards via the ground game in 2 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Tigers have given up 321 yds which has them sitting in 59th in the nation. They have conceded 160.5 yards per contest via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 73.2%. In total, they have relinquished 194.0 yards per contest ranking them 33rd in Division 1.
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The Nittany Lions come into this game with a record of 2-0 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Nittany Lions got the win with a final of 44-13 against the Ball State Cardinals. Noah Cain ran the ball 20 times for 69 yards, finishing the contest with 3.5 yards per carry for Penn State. Sean Clifford (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 230 yds on 21/29 passing while his QB rating was 150.4. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 7.9. Penn State allowed 26 rush attempts for 69 yds (2.7 yards per rush). The Nittany Lions passing defense gave up a completion percentage of 66.7%, surrendering 226 yds on 30 out of 45 passing. The Nittany Lions ended up finishing with 493 yds while they ran 79 plays (6.2 yards per play). Penn State ran for 5.0 yds per attempt, totaling 240 yards on 48 carries.
Concerning their ability to score points, the Nittany Lions are sitting 70th in college football holding an average of 30.0 points per game. For the year to this point, the Nittany Lions have compiled 500 yards through the air as well as an average of 250.0 passing yards per contest, which ranks 34th in the country. The Penn State Nittany Lions maintain an average of 395.0 yards per game, which is good for 52nd in Division 1. The Penn State offense has 141 yards of penalties on 13 violations, which has them sitting 46th in the nation in terms of helping out the other team.
Penn State has conceded a total of 243 rushing yards (121.5 yards per outing) and 2 touchdowns via the rush on the campaign. They have conceded 0 TDs through the air and 205.5 yards per game, which puts them in 96th in the nation. The Nittany Lions defense has taken the field for 166 plays, which is 137th in Division 1. The Nittany Lions are surrendering 11.5 points per game, which puts them 28th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 23 points.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Nittany Lions college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions -6
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