Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 10/9/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Location: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Hawkeyes (-2.5)
Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0) will play the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) on Saturday. Penn State opens this game as 2.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 43.
The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this game with a record of 5-0 for this season. In their last game, the Nittany Lions played against the Indiana Hoosiers and walked away with a win by a score of 24-0. Sean Clifford finished 17/33 with 178 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 120.8 and finished the contest with 1 pick. Noah Cain was the rushing leader for the Nittany Lions with 11 totes for 23 yds (2.1 yds per carry). In all, they had 76 plays which totaled 408 yds. The Penn State Nittany Lions ended up running the ball 42 different times and totaled 209 yds, which had them averaging 5.0 yards per attempt. When it came to stopping the run, the Nittany Lions gave up 69 yds on 24 tries, which averages out to 2.9 yds per run allowed. Penn State conceded 16 pass completions on 34 tries for 195 yds, and a completion percentage of 47.1%.
The Nittany Lions have earned 2,092 yards in total for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Penn State has earned 12 touchdowns via the pass and 6 touchdowns on the ground. They have surrendered the football 3 different times. Penn State has 105 1st downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 26 penalties for 248 yds. As a unit they're averaging 132.4 yards rushing ranking this team at 94th in D-1. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 30.0 points per contest.
When talking about passing yards, the Nittany Lions have given up 1,013 yards which has them ranked 64th in D-1. They have yielded 202.6 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 57.7%. Over the course of this season, they are granting 313.4 yards/game putting them 44th in D-1. They have yielded 2 touchdowns by air and 4 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing 3.2 yards per run and 110.8 yards on the ground per game so far this season. Overall, they have conceded 554 running yards through 5 games. The Nittany Lions are sitting in 15th in Division 1 concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 12.0 PPG.
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The Hawkeyes step onto the field holding a record of 5-0 for this season. In their last game, the Hawkeyes got the victory with a final of 51-14 when they faced the Maryland Terrapins. Tyler Goodson ran the football 19 times for 66 yards, walking away from the game with 3.5 yds per carry for Iowa. Spencer Petras (3 touchdowns) ended the contest with 259 yds on 21/30 through the air while his QB rating was 175.5. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 8.6. Iowa surrendered 17 rush attempts for 97 yards (5.7 yds per rush). The Hawkeyes pass defense gave up a completion rate of 56.8%, surrendering 174 yds on 21 for 37 through the air. The Hawkeyes finished the game with 428 yds while they ran 80 plays (5.4 yds per play). Iowa rushed for 3.5 yds per carry, finishing the contest with 145 yds on 42 carries.
The Iowa Hawkeyes maintain an average of 320.0 yards/contest, which ranks them 119th in the country. The Iowa offense has accrued 226 penalty yards on 26 violations, which ranks them 94th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the other team. Over the course of the season thus far, the Hawkeyes have a total of 970 yards via the pass along with an average of 194.0 passing yards per outing, putting them at 96th in the nation. In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Hawkeyes are ranked 44th in the nation with 33.2 points per game.
Iowa has conceded a total of 435 rushing yards (87.0 yards per outing) and 2 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. They have conceded 5 touchdowns through the air in addition to 184.4 yards/outing, which puts them in 40th in Division 1. The Hawkeyes defense has taken the field for 330 plays, which ranks 69th in D-1. The Hawkeyes are relinquishing 11.6 points per contest, which puts them 14th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 58 total points.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Hawkeyes college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions +2.5
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