What Is The Georgia State Vs Penn State Spread?Josh Bailey
No. 4 Penn State Looks to Cover Huge Spread at Home Against Overmatched Georgia State
The fourth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions likely won’t have any trouble whatsoever in beating the overmatched Georgia State Panthers, making the only question that college football bettors need answered is whether or not Penn State can cover the Week 3 college football betting line as an insane 38.5-point home favorite.
Let’s find out now if the title-hopeful Nittany Lions can cover their biggest spread this season when these two teams square off a Beaver Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET with this matchup airing live on the Big Ten Network.
Georgia State Vs Penn State College Football Week 3 Spread & ATS Pick
Georgia State Panthers (0-1) at No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Beaver Stadium
NCAAF Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions -38.5
Why Bet the Georgia State Panthers Spread at +38.5
Georgia State (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) lost to Tennessee State 17-10 in their regular season opener as quarterback Conner Manning completed an efficient 14 of 17 passes for 159 yards while backup Aaron Winchester completed 4 of 6 passes for 65 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wide receiver Taz Bateman hauled in six passes for 74 yards and one touchdown but the Panthers only managed to get in the end zone in the final quarter when Bateman hauled in a 36-yard TD strike from Winchester.
“This is a great opportunity for us to go up there against one of the top-ranked teams in the country and measure ourselves right up against the very, very best, whether it be their coaching staff or their players on offense and defense, or their special teams,” first-year head coach Shawn Elliott said of his team’s matchup against Penn State. “So we’ve got a lot at stake for our football program here.”
Why Bet the Penn State Nittany Lions Odds at -38.
The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0 SU, 1-0-1 ATS) spanked Pittsburgh in their 33-14 Week 2 win as quarterback Trace McSorley completed 15 of 28 passes for 164 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 88 yards and another score while adding a touchdown grab in the win. The Nittany Lions haven’t lost at home game since November of 2015.
For the season, McSorley is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 444 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions while Barkley has rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns while adding seven receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing just seven points per game.
Georgia State Vs Penn State ATS Pick
Penn State is one of my picks to reach the four-team College Football Playoff this year and they’re a complete lock to beat the Panthers in this Week 3 pairing, but I don’t like the super-high point spread one iota even though Penn State is clearly superior in every way. Having said that, I’m going to urge you to back the Georgia State Panthers to cover the spread seeing as how they’ve gone 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record.
The Nittany Lions are 6-0-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, but something about this matchup just smells like a classic ‘trap’ game to me. I say back Georgia Southern to narrowly cover the spread.
Pick: Georgia Southern +38.8