What Is The Pitt Vs Penn State Spread?Josh Bailey
No. 4 Penn State Looks to Handle Pittsburgh Panthers and Avoid big Upset in Week 2 Inter-State Rivalry
The Pittsburgh Panthers will look to pull off the huge upset over the fourth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions when the two in-state rivals meet on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET, live from Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania with this matchup airing on ABC.
The Panthers struggled mightily in their regular season opener last weekend while Penn State cruised. This week, the college football betting spread favors the Nittany Lions by 20.5-points to beat Pitt. Now, let’s find out if the Nittany Lions can cover the spread as near, three-touchdown home favorites.
Pittsburgh Panthers Vs Penn State Nittany Lions College Football Week 2 Spread & Pick
What: Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) at No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Start Time: 3:30 PM ET
Where: University Park, PA
Stadium: Beaver Stadium
Spread: Penn State -20.5
Moneyline: Pittsburgh +900 vs Penn State -1375
Game Total: 68
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Penn State
Why Bet the Pittsburgh Panthers Spread At +20.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers blew a 21-0 halftime lead but held on to beat Youngstown State 28-21 in overtime on Jester Weah’s leaping 11-yard touchdown grab on the first possession of overtime to avoid the huge upset.
"At halftime, I told our guys, `Hey, this is too easy, let’s try to slow down little bit, I want to have a little adversity in the game," Narduzzi said, tongue firmly in cheek. "They listened to me, I guess."\
Max Browne completed 17 of 24 passes for 140 yards and the winning touchdown in his first start for Pitt after transferring from USC after losing the starter’s job to Sam Darnold. Qadree Ollison rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers while adding a team-high five receptions for 35 yards in the narrow win.
"Everyone wants that first game to be a blowout," said Browne. "We were forced to stand in there and have a fist fight, which a lot of teams may have to wait 3-4 weeks to get that test, we got it Week 1, right away. You learn a lot and you learn when adversity hits we can come through when it’s crunch time."
Why Bet the Penn State Nittany Lions Spread -20.5
The Penn State Nittany Lions blanked the Akron Zips, 52-0 as Heisman Trophy-contending running back Saquon Barkley rushed 14 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns while catching three passes for and an additional 54 yards.
"We have so many playmakers," Barkley said. "Some games are going to be my game, some are going to be (quarterback) Trace (McSorley)’s game, some games it’s going to be (tight end) Mike (Gesicki) and obviously others on the offensive side of the ball."
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley completed 18 of 25 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns while wide receiver Mike Gesicki had six catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns. The Nittany Lions forced 11 punts and picked off quarterback Thomas Woodson on the Zips’ only other drive.
"I think our defense came out and played really well," Franklin said. "I think we were dominant up front, especially inside."
Pitt Vs Penn State College Football Week 2 Pick
After watching Pittsburgh struggle badly to get past Youngstown State and watching Penn State roll all over Akron in their opener, I’m thinking Penn State is a lock to beat Pittsburgh by three touchdowns. The Panthers are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in September, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten teams and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games.
Conversely, the Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog in this series is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, but I’m feeling like Penn State is going to ‘open up a can’ against the Panthers this coming weekend.
Pick: Penn State -20.5