The Akron Zips and the Penn State Nittany Lions will both be looking to move to 2-0 when they square off in a Week 2 NCAA battle that gets underway live from Beaver Stadium on Saturday at noon .
Better yet, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in thanks to this expert betting breakdown on this intriguing affair.
My NCAA Football in Week 2 Betting Pick Penn State Hosts Akron
Preview: Akron (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) won their last three games a year ago and rolled all over Howard to win their 2014 opener 41-0 to cash in as a whopping 25.5-point home favorite. Penn State (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) squeaked out a thrilling 26-24 last second win to beat Central Florida in its 2014 opener under first-year head coach James Franklin.
— Akron Zips Football (@ZipsFB) September 2, 2014
Analysis: I don’t think the SU outcome of this contest will be in doubt as I fully expect Penn State to win their home opener to move to a perfect 2-0 SU.
The Zips are getting a ton of points in this one and that may give some college football bettors reasons for pause, but I’m here to reassure you that the Nittany Lions will also get the ATS cover in this one after narrowly avoiding what would have been a crushing defeat against Central Florida.
The Nittany Lions got a spectacular game from sophomore signal-caller Christian Hackenberg as the strong-armed signal-caller threw for a school-record 454 yards in the win. Senior kicker Sam Ficken won it for Penn State by nailing a 36-yard field goal as time expired.
Akron returns 14 starters from last year’s team under head coach Terry Bowden and runs a spread offense and got a stellar performance from junior quarterback Kyle Pohl to beat Howard. Pohl tossed a career-high four touchdown passes while throwing for 304 yards in the win.
Still, I think Penn State wins and finds a way to narrowly cover the spread against an Akron team that looks a bit overmatched in this contest despite their huge win last weekend.
Akron has gone 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an SU win while Penn State has gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in the month of September and an encouraging 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games.