Penn State Nittany Lions vs Auburn Tigers Prediction, 9/17/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Auburn Tigers
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Tigers (+2.5)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) are traveling to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Auburn Tigers (2-0). Penn State opens this game as 2.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 48.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this game with a record of 2-0 this season. In their last contest, the Nittany Lions stepped onto the field against the Ohio Bobcats and went home with a win by a final score of 46-10. Nicholas Singleton was the rushing leader for the Nittany Lions with 10 totes for 179 yards (17.9 yds per carry). Sean Clifford connected on 19/27 with 213 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 148.9 and finished the game with no picks. Against the rush, the Nittany Lions gave up 99 yds on 26 tries, which is an average of 3.8 yds per run surrendered. Penn State conceded 17 pass completions on 40 tries for a total of 164 yards, and a completion percentage of 42.5%. When all was said and done, they had 76 plays which gave them 572 yards. The Penn State Nittany Lions ran the football 34 times and accrued 234 yards, which came out to an average of 6.9 yds per attempt.
The Nittany Lions currently have 978 total yards this year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Penn State has earned 7 touchdowns through the air and 4 touchdowns on the ground. They have turned the football over 1 time. Penn State has accrued 51 first downs as a unit, and they have committed 9 infractions for 91 yards. As a team they maintain an average of 166.0 yards on the ground which ranks them 65th in the country. Regarding putting the ball in the endzone, the Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 40.5 points per outing.
The Nittany Lions are ranked 54th in college football concerning the opposition scoring, giving up 20.5 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.3 yards per rush on the ground and 80.0 rushing yards per contest so far this year. During the season, they have allowed 160 running yards through 2 games. Regarding passing yards, the Nittany Lions have given up 529 yds which has them sitting in 94th in college football. They are conceding 264.5 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 47.5%. Overall, they have allowed 344.5 yards per contest ranking them 63rd in Division 1. They have yielded 1 touchdown by air as well as 3 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Tigers step onto the field holding a record of 2-0 this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 24-16 against the San Jose State Spartans. Robby Ashford carried the ball 7 times for 61 yds, finishing the game with 8.7 yards per carry for Auburn. TJ Finley ended the contest with 167 yds on 13/20 passing while his quarterback rate was 125.1. He had 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 8.4. Auburn gave up 29 running attempts for 54 yds (1.9 yds per rush). The Tigers secondary gave up a completion percentage of 60.0%, surrendering 275 yards on 24 out of 40 passing. The Tigers finished with a total of 378 yards while they ran 61 plays (6.2 yds per play). Auburn rushed for 5.5 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 210 yds on 38 carries.
In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Tigers rank 69th in college football averaging 33.0 points per outing. For the season thus far, the Tigers have a total of 380 yards via the pass not to mention an average of 190.0 throwing yards per game, which has them sitting 102nd in college football. The Auburn Tigers maintain an average of 437.5 yards/outing, which ranks them 57th in the country. The Auburn offense has totaled 105 yds of penalties on 12 violations, which has them sitting 85th in the country in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Tigers are surrendering 16.0 points per game, which puts them 42nd in the country. Auburn has surrendered a total of 128 yards via the ground game (64.0 yards/game) and 1 touchdown via the rush for the campaign. This year, they have surrendered 32 points in total. They have conceded 2 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 236.0 yards per contest, which puts them in 82nd in the country. The Tigers defense has taken the field for 136 plays, which is 64th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Tigers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers +2.5
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