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Can Barkley and No. 4 Penn State Avoid Upset in Week 4 Big Ten Battle at Iowa?
Saquon Barkley and the fourth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will look to avoid the upset to remain unbeaten when they hit the road to take on the similarly unbeaten Iowa Hawkeyes in their Week 4 Big Ten battle on Saturday.
The pair will square off at Kinnick Stadium at 7:30 PM ET with this matchup airing live on ABC. Now, let’s find out if Penn State can keep its national championship hopes alive while covering the spread as double-digit road favorites.
Penn State Vs Iowa Betting Advice
No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0)
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Kinnick Stadium
Spread: Iowa Hawkeyes +12.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Why Bet the Penn State Nittany Lions Odds at -12.5
Penn State thrashed Georgia Southern 56-0 in Week 3 to cash in as a whopping 37-point home favorite as quarterback Trace McSorley completed 18 of 23 passes for 309 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions while running back Saquon Barkley rushed for a modest 47 yards on 10 carries while adding four catches for 142 yards and one score. Barkley is second nationally with 218.3 all-purpose yards per game.
"Offensively, one of our issues last year was starting out slow," Penn State coach James Franklin said. "We’ve been able to be better in that area."
For the season, McSorley is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 753 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions while Barkley has rushed for 307 yards and three touchdowns while adding 11 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing just 4.7 points and 273.7 yards per game.
Why Bet the Iowa Hawkeyes Odds at +12.5
The Iowa Hawkeyes got past North Texas 31-14 in Week 3 but failed to cover the spread as a 19.5-point home favorite against the Mean Green. Quarterback Nate Stanley completed 16 of 27 passes for 197 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while running back Ivory Kelly-Martin rushed 11 times for 74 yards and two scores in the win. Now, the Hawkeyes will face their biggest test this season in their Big Ten opener.
"We realize we have to play at our best and our highest possible level if we’re going to be competitive in this football game," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "That’s where we’re focused right now."
Defensively, Iowa is allowing 19.3 points and 335 yards per game. For the season, Stanley is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 655 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
55 percent of public bettors like Penn State in this Week 4 matchup and I believe that’s easily the right call for one huge reason. The Hawkeyes just don’t have enough offense to keep pace with the explosive Nittany Lions.
Penn State is a near-perfect 8-0-1 ATS in their last nine conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and bankroll-boosting 12-2-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall while Iowa has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of September and uninspiring 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Nittany Lions are playing fantastic football on both sides of the ball and will get the win and ATS cover in this one despite being on the road.
Pick: Penn State -12.5