Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 11/20/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nittany Lions (-17)
Beaver Stadium is where the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-4) will attempt to defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-5) on Saturday. Rutgers is 17-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 46.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights step onto the field holding a record of 5-5 for this season. In their last matchup, the Scarlet Knights went up against the Indiana Hoosiers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 52-38. Noah Vedral went 9/17 with 97 yds passing. He had a quarterback rate of 100.9 and finished the game with no picks. Isaih Pacheco was the rushing leader for the Scarlet Knights with 21 carries for 79 yards (3.8 yds per carry). The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ran the football 50 times and recorded 218 yards, which is an average of 4.4 yds per attempt. In all, they had 69 plays which gave them a total of 320 yds. Rutgers gave up 13 pass completions on 19 tries for a total of 274 yards, and a completion rate of 68.4%. When it came to stopping the run, the Scarlet Knights gave up 305 yds on 51 attempts, which calculates to 6.0 yds per run allowed.
The Scarlet Knights have tallied 3,265 yards in total for the year. When it comes to scoring, Rutgers has amassed 9 touchdowns via the pass and 17 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 10 different times. Rutgers has accounted for 184 first downs as an offense, and they have been called for 49 infractions for 421 yds. As a unit they average 145.7 yards on the ground which is 85th in the country. When talking about scoring points, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have an average of 23.0 points per contest.
The Scarlet Knights are ranked 56th in college football in terms of team defense, conceding 22.7 points per game. They are giving up an average of 4.2 yards per run and 156.1 rushing yards per contest so far this year. In total, they have conceded 1,561 rushing yards through 10 contests. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Scarlet Knights have conceded 2,180 yards which has them sitting in 63rd in the nation. They are allowing 218.0 yards per game via the pass and conceding a completion percentage of 54.3%. For the season, they are surrendering 374.1 yards per contest which puts them 73rd in D-1. They have allowed 16 touchdowns via the pass as well as 11 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Nittany Lions head into this game 6-4 for this year. In their last game, the Nittany Lions went home victorious with a score of 17-14 when they played the Michigan Wolverines. Sean Clifford (1 TD) walked away from the game with 205 yds on 23/43 through the air while his QB rating was 39.9. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 4.8. Keyvone Lee carried the rock 20 times for 88 yards, walking away from the game with 4.4 yards per carry for Penn State. The Nittany Lions finished with 332 yds while they ran 86 plays (3.9 yards per play). Penn State ran for 2.6 yds per carry, finishing the game with 109 yards on 42 attempts. Penn State gave up 27 rush attempts for 48 yds (1.8 yards per carry). The Nittany Lions passing defense allowed a completion rate of 70.7%, relinquishing 371 yds on 41 out of 58 passing.
When it comes to this team's ability to score points, the Nittany Lions currently rank 83rd in the nation by scoring 26.0 points per game. Over the course of the season thus far, the Nittany Lions have thrown for 2,722 yards through the air as well as an average of 272.2 passing yards per contest, putting them at 29th in the country. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 378.8 yards per outing, which ranks them 86th in the nation. The Penn State offense has accrued 529 yds of penalties on 61 infractions, which ranks 71st in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
Penn State has conceded a total of 1,377 rushing yards (137.7 yards/game) and 7 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. They have conceded 9 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 213.9 yards per outing, which has them sitting 57th in Division 1. The Nittany Lions defense has been on the field for 747 plays, which ranks them 131st in college football. The Nittany Lions are surrendering 17.1 PPG, which has them ranked 21st in college football. Overall, they have conceded 171 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Scarlet Knights/Nittany Lions college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Scarlet Knights +17
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