No. 19 Michigan’s defensive front seven against No. 2 Penn State’s much improved offensive line is a must see tv this weekend. The Week 8 college football betting odds favor the Nittany Lions by 9.5-points over the Wolverines. Las Vegas oddsmakers have listed the over/under at 45.
Kick-off is this Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 PM ET on ABC from the Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Michigan Vs Penn State Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (5-1) at No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0)
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Where: University Park, PA
Stadium: Beaver Stadium
Spread: Penn State -9.5
Moneyline: Michigan +295 vs Penn State -355
Game Total: 45
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Michigan vs Penn State
Why Bet The Michigan Wolverines To Beat The Nittany Lions
Michigan has won three straight games in the series against Penn State including last season’s 49-10 shellacking.
Michigan leads the way in total defense (223.8 yards per game). The Wolverines are also in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, rush defense, pass defense and pass-efficiency defense.
That’s a good thing. The Wolverines are eighth or worse in the Big Ten in every major offensive category except rushing and have scored only six touchdowns on 18 visits to the red zone.
QB John O’Korn has struggled as the starter since taking over for injured Wilton Speight. The Wolverines are better suited as a defensive team that uses the run game to control the clock. Senior tailback Ty Isaac (58 car, 403 yards, 1 TDs) and junior rusher Karan Higdon (70 car, 401 yards, 5 TDs) will have to take the offensive lead.
Why Bet The Penn State Nittany Lions To Beat The Wolverines
This is Saquon Barkley world and you should enjoy the show. The junior rusher is turning heads in the Heisman Trophy race that was centered around quarterbacks when the season started. He’s coming a 75-rushing yard and two touchdown performance against Northwestern two weeks ago and after a week off to rest, Barkley will be ready to chew up the field.
Barkley averages 6.4 yards per carry this season and has scored eight total touchdowns. Beating a dominant defense like Michigan’s will be a strong signal to the Heisman voting and the College Football Playoff selection committees.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On
- Wolverines are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Nittany Lions are 9-1-2 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite.
- Nittany Lions are 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Michigan Vs. Penn State Week 8 Expert Pick
Michigan’s defense can carry the Wolverines to wins almost every week. While Saquon Barkley gets all of the press from Penn State, the Nittany Lions defense ranks No. 9 in the country overall and No. 1 in points allowed.
Bet Penn State.