Penn State Nittany Lions vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 9/1/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Boilermakers (+3.5)
Ross-Ade Stadium is the location where the Purdue Boilermakers (9-4 last year) will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5 last season) on Thursday. Penn State opens as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 58.
The Penn State Nittany Lions wrapped up their year holding a 7-5 mark. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Nittany Lions went up against the Arkansas Razorbacks and ended up losing by a score of 24-10. Sean Clifford went 14/32 with 195 yards through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rate of 92.8 and finished the game with 2 picks. Sean Clifford was the best rusher for the Nittany Lions with 12 attempts for 46 yds (3.8 yards per carry). Overall, they tallied 63 plays which gave them a total of 323 yds. The Penn State Nittany Lions ended up rushing 28 different times and recorded 125 yards, which is an average of 4.5 yards per carry. In the running game, the Nittany Lions conceded 353 yds on 58 tries, which is 6.1 yards per run surrendered. Penn State conceded 14 pass completions on 20 tries for a total of 98 yds, and a completion percentage of 70.0%.
The Nittany Lions earned 4,570 total yards last season. Penn State totaled 24 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns. They gave the ball to the opposition 13 times. Penn State accrued 247 1st downs as a team, and they were called for 67 infractions for 596 yards. As a team they held an average of 106.3 yards on the ground, ranking this team 118th in Division 1. Concerning putting points on the board, the Penn State Nittany Lions were sitting at 26.3 points per game.
Regarding passing yards, the Nittany Lions allowed 2,500 yards which put them in 23rd in the nation. Over the course of their 12 games played last year, they conceded 208.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 59.1%. They surrendered 343.9 yards per outing which put them 29th in D-1. They granted 11 touchdowns through the air as well as 10 running touchdowns. Opposing teams ran for an average of 3.5 yards per rush on the ground and 135.6 rushing yards per contest throughout last season. During the campaign, they conceded 1,627 rushing yards through 12 outings. The Nittany Lions sat in 6th in Division 1 when it comes to team defense, giving up 16.8 PPG.
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The Boilermakers wrapped up their season with a 9-4 record. For their last game, the Boilermakers got the win with a final of 48-45 against the Tennessee Volunteers. Alexander Horvath ran the ball 17 times for 58 yds, finishing the game with 3.4 yds per carry for Purdue. Aidan O'Connell (5 TDs) finished the game with 534 yds on 26/47 through the air while his QB rate was 173.1. He threw 3 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 11.4. Purdue relinquished 63 attempts on the ground for 288 yds (4.6 yds per carry). The Boilermakers pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 63.4%, relinquishing 378 yds on 26 out of 41 through the air. The Boilermakers finished with 627 yds on 81 plays (7.7 yards per play). Purdue rushed for 2.8 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 93 yds on 33 carries.
When discussing the points being put on the board, the Boilermakers ranked 62nd in D-1 holding an average of 29.1 points per game. Last season, the Boilermakers threw for a total of 4,620 yards through the air in addition to an average of 355.4 throwing yards per game, which had them sitting 5th in the nation. The Purdue Boilermakers averaged 440.3 yards/game, which was good for 33rd in the nation. The Purdue offense accrued 556 penalty yards on 59 violations, which ranked them 115th in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team.
Purdue allowed the opposition a total of 2,068 rushing yards (159.1 yards per outing) and 18 touchdowns via the rush last year. They yielded 18 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 208.7 yards per outing, which had them in 35th in the nation. The Boilermakers defense was on the field for 849 plays, which ranked them 61st in the country. The Boilermakers allowed 22.4 points per game, ranking them 36th in the nation. In total, they surrendered 291 total points.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Boilermakers college football game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Boilermakers +3.5
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