Iowa vs. Penn State - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa vs. Penn State - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1)

College Football: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +3 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for another victory to go to 6-0 and stay in the Big Ten title conversation. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won five of their last six road games. Sean Clifford is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,443 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Clifford has six touchdown passes in his last three games. KJ Hamler and Jahan Dotson have combined for 636 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Pat Freiermuth has 15 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 194 yards per contest, and Journey Brown leads the way with 217 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 7.4 points and 240.4 yards per game. Micah Parsons leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 27 tackles, Yetur Gross-Matos has 5.5 sacks and John Reid has two interceptions.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes ned a victory here to build on their solid 4-1 start to the season. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won eight of their last 10 home games. Nate Stanley is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,225 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Stanley has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last 14 games. Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Brandon Smith have combined for 529 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Nico Ragaini has 17 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 217.5 yards per contest, and Mekhi Sargent leads the way with 311 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 8.8 points and 254.2 yards per game. Kristian Welch leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 39 tackles, A.J. Epenesa has two sacks and Michael Ojemudia has two interceptions. 

The Nittany Lions are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games in October, 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 conference games and 27-12-2 ATS in their last 41 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games on fieldturf, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Iowa and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 3-0-1 in Hawkeyes last 4 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Nittany Lions last 9 road games.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have covered eight of their last 12 games as a road favorite. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a home underdog. Penn State has had an easy road up to this point, so while they're playing well and winning comfortably, the jury is still out on their overall record. Iowa hung around with Michigan on the road last week and continues to be that tough team in the Big Ten that doesn't get much respect but plays its tail off and grinds out victories. Penn State has beaten Iowa in the last five meetings, but at home and under the lights, Iowa has a real good chance to end that streak. Give me the free field goal in a game the Hawkeyes should win outright. 

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Randy’s Pick Iowa Hawkeyes +3

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