Ball State Cardinals vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 9/11/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nittany Lions (-22)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) will go up against the Ball State Cardinals (1-0) at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Penn State opens this matchup as 22-point favorites. The total is 58.
The Ball State Cardinals come into this game with a record of 1-0 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Cardinals faced the Western Illinois Leathernecks and took home the win by a score of 31-21. Drew Plitt went 17/28 with 188 yds through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 140.7 and walked away from the game without throwing an interception. Will Jones led the offense in rushing for the Cardinals with 18 attempts for 93 yds (5.2 yds per attempt). Overall, they had 68 plays which totaled 407 yards. The Ball State Cardinals ran the football 40 different times and amassed 219 yards, which earned them an average of 5.5 yds per attempt. In the running game, the Cardinals gave up 70 yards on 24 attempts, which calculates to 2.9 yds per run allowed. Ball State gave up 30 completions on 43 tries for 367 yds, and a completion rate of 69.8%.
The Cardinals have tallied 407 total yards over the course of this year. With reference to getting in the endzone, Ball State has totaled 2 touchdowns through the air and 2 touchdowns via the ground. Ball State has accounted for 18 first downs offensively, and they have been called for 5 penalties for 26 yards. As a team they average 219.0 yards in the run game which is 39th in Division 1. When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Ball State Cardinals have an average of 31.0 points per outing.
Regarding passing yards, the Cardinals have allowed 367 yds which puts them in 132nd in the nation. They have conceded 367.0 yards per contest via the pass and conceding a completion percentage of 69.8%. Overall, they have allowed 437.0 yards/game ranking them 114th in D-1. The opposition is running for an average of 2.9 yards per rush and 70.0 yards on the ground per game so far this season. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 70 yards on the ground through 1 game. The Cardinals rank 77th in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 21.0 points per game.
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The Nittany Lions step onto the field holding a record of 1-0 for this year. For their last game, the Nittany Lions went home victorious with a score of 16-10 when they faced the Wisconsin Badgers. Noah Cain carried the rock 8 times for 48 yds, finishing the game with 6.0 yds per attempt for Penn State. Sean Clifford (1 TD) finished the game with 247 yards on 18/33 through the air while his quarterback rate was 127.4. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.5. Penn State allowed 58 rushing attempts for 174 yards (3.0 yds per rush). The Nittany Lions passing defense gave up a completion percentage of 59.5%, relinquishing 185 yds on 22 for 37 passing. The Nittany Lions finished the game with a total of 297 yds on 51 plays (5.8 yds per play). Penn State rushed the ball for 2.8 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 50 yards on 18 attempts.
The Penn State Nittany Lions hold an average of 297.0 yards per outing, which has them sitting 107th in the country. The Penn State offense has compiled 79 penalty yds on 7 infractions, which is 53rd in D-1 in terms of hurting your team. For the year so far, the Nittany Lions have thrown for 247 yards via the pass, which ranks 57th in the nation. When discussing the points being put on the board, the Nittany Lions currently sit 104th in college football scoring 16.0 points per contest.
The Nittany Lions are giving up 10.0 points per contest, which puts them 39th in D-1. Penn State has given up a total of 174 yards rushing. They have given up 0 TDs through the air as well as 185.0 yards per game, which puts them in 62nd in the country. The Nittany Lions defense has taken the field for 95 plays, which is good for 133rd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Nittany Lions college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions -22
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