Indiana Hoosiers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 10/28/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Indiana Hoosiers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nittany Lions (-27)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) will compete against the Indiana Hoosiers (2-5) at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Penn State opens as 27-point favorites. The over/under is set at 44.5.
The Indiana Hoosiers head into this matchup 2-5 for this season. In their last contest, the Hoosiers took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and ended up losing by a score of 31-14. Trent Howland was the best rusher for the Hoosiers with 9 carries for 54 yds (6.0 yards per carry). Brendan Sorsby connected on 15/31 with 126 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 93.2 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Hoosiers conceded 276 yds on 55 tries, which averages out to 5.0 yds per rush allowed. Indiana conceded 5 completions on 12 attempts for a total of 39 yards, and a completion percentage of 41.7%. On the day, they ran 60 plays which totaled 279 yds. The Indiana Hoosiers ended up rushing 29 times and compiled 153 yds, which had them averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
When talking about scoring, the Indiana Hoosiers have an average of 17.9 points per outing. As a unit they are averaging 113.7 yards rushing which has them sitting 112th in the country. The Hoosiers currently have 2,182 total yards for this campaign. In terms of scoring, Indiana has earned 6 passing touchdowns and 8 touchdowns via the ground. Indiana has 129 first downs as a unit, and they have been hurt by 38 penalties for 337 yards. They have surrendered the football 10 times.
The Hoosiers are ranked 97th in Division 1 concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 29.3 PPG. The opposition is running for an average of 4.7 yards per rush on the ground and 174.4 rushing yards per game so far this year. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 1,221 yards via the ground game in 7 games. In terms of yards via the pass, the Hoosiers have given up 1,342 yards which puts them in 17th in college football. They are allowing 191.7 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 61.2%. During this campaign, they have yielded 366.1 yards/game which puts them 60th in D-1. They have conceded 10 touchdowns through the air in addition to 14 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Nittany Lions come into this matchup with a record of 6-1 for this year. When they last played, the Nittany Lions took a loss by a score of 20-12 when they played the Ohio State Buckeyes. Drew Allar (1 TD) ended the contest with 191 yds on 18/42 through the air while his quarterback rating was 88.9. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 4.5. Nicholas Singleton carried the football 9 times for 48 yds, finishing the game with 5.3 yards per attempt for Penn State. Penn State ran the football for 1.9 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 49 yds on 26 attempts. The Nittany Lions finished the game with 240 yds while they ran 68 plays (3.5 yds per play). The Nittany Lions pass defense conceded a completion rate of 62.9%, relinquishing 286 yards on 22 out of 35 through the air. Penn State allowed 41 rushing attempts for 79 yds (1.9 yards per rush).
When discussing their ability to score points, the Nittany Lions sit 10th in college football by scoring 39.7 PPG. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 400.0 yards per outing, which is good for 60th in Division 1. The Penn State offense has compiled 312 penalty yds on 36 infractions, ranking them 102nd in Division 1 in terms of making mistakes. They have tossed 0 interceptions while losing 3 fumbles and they have been able to earn 171 1st downs. For the season so far, the Nittany Lions have racked up 1,531 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 218.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 80th in the country. They maintain an average of 181.3 yards per game via the ground game and have toted the ball for 1,269 yards for the season.
The Nittany Lions are giving up 9.7 points per game, which puts them 2nd in D-1. Penn State has given up a total of 514 yards rushing (73.4 yards per outing) and 6 touchdowns via the rush on the year. Overall, they have relinquished 68 total points. They have given up 2 touchdowns through the air as well as 144.7 yards per contest, which has them in 2nd in college football. The Nittany Lions defense has been on the field for 416 plays, which ranks 5th in college football. Their defense has totaled 8 fumbles recovered and 7 interceptions on the season.
Who will win tonight's Hoosiers/Nittany Lions college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions -27
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