Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 11/27/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
Location: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Spartans (-1)
The Michigan State Spartans (9-2) will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-4) at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. Michigan State opens this contest as 1-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 51.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this game with a record of 7-4 for this season. In their last matchup, the Nittany Lions played against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and notched a win by a score of 28-0. Christian Veilleux connected on 15/24 with 235 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 186.0 and walked away from the game without throwing a pick. Keyvone Lee was the best rusher for the Nittany Lions with 13 carries for 41 yds (3.2 yds per attempt). For the game, they tallied 74 plays for 407 yards. The Penn State Nittany Lions rushed the ball a total of 42 different times and tallied 149 yds, which is an average of 3.5 yds per attempt. On the ground, the Nittany Lions gave up 67 yards on 32 tries, which is an average of 2.1 yards per rush allowed. Penn State gave up 13 pass completions on 28 tries for a total of 93 yards, and a completion percentage of 46.4%.
The Nittany Lions have earned 4,195 yards in total for the season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Penn State has compiled 21 touchdowns through the air and 11 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the ball 11 different times. Penn State has accrued 228 first downs, and they have been called for 65 infractions for 579 yds. As a unit they're holding an average of 110.5 yards rushing which has them sitting 116th in Division 1. Regarding getting in the endzone, the Penn State Nittany Lions have an average of 26.2 points per game.
Regarding passing yardage, the Nittany Lions have allowed 2,232 yards which ranks them 42nd in Division 1. They have relinquished 202.9 yards per game via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 58.6%. Overall, they have surrendered 334.2 yards per game putting them at 38th in college football. They have surrendered 9 touchdowns through the air in addition to 7 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing an average of 3.5 yards per tote and 131.3 rushing yards per game for the campaign. Overall, they have allowed 1,444 rushing yards through 11 games. The Nittany Lions sit in 16th in college football concerning team defense, giving up 15.5 points per contest.
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The Spartans head into this matchup 9-2 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Spartans took a loss by a score of 56-7 when they played the Ohio State Buckeyes. Payton Thorne (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 158 yards on 14/36 passing while his QB rating was 84.9. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per attempt was 4.4. Jordon Simmons carried the rock 7 times for 23 yards, walking away from the game with 3.3 yds per carry for Michigan State. The Spartans finished with a total of 224 yds and they ran 59 plays (3.8 yds per play). Michigan State ran the ball for 3.1 yards per carry, finishing with 66 yards on 21 attempts. Michigan State surrendered 43 rush attempts for 206 yds (4.8 yards per carry). The Spartans pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 83.7%, relinquishing 449 yards on 36 out of 43 passing.
The Michigan State Spartans have an average of 430.2 yards per outing, which is good for 43rd in D-1. The Michigan State offense has compiled 746 penalty yards on 77 infractions, which has them ranked 35th in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards. During the season thus far, the Spartans have thrown for a total of 2,676 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 243.3 passing yards per contest, ranking them 58th in the country. When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Spartans currently sit 42nd in the nation holding an average of 32.1 points per game.
The Spartans are conceding 25.5 points per game, which has them ranked 75th in the nation. Michigan State has allowed a total of 1,352 yards on the ground (122.9 yards per game) and 9 touchdowns on the ground for the season. In total, they have surrendered 281 points in total. They have allowed 23 touchdowns via the pass and 340.3 yards/contest, which has them sitting 142nd in D-1. The Spartans defense has taken part in 908 plays, which ranks them 141st in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Spartans college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions +1
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