Auburn at Penn State 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) vs Auburn Tigers (2-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)
Betting Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions -5 -- Over/Under: 53 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Auburn faces Penn State on Saturday, September 18th, at Beaver Stadium for a Week 3 college football matchup.
Auburn is 2-0 on the year and has beaten Akron and Alabama State to start the season. Despite not playing tough competition yet this season, Auburn is still having a really strong start to the season. Auburn has allowed a combined 49 rushing yards in its first two games and less than 200 total yards in both games as well. We knew Auburn had a strong defensive line heading into the season and now we will get to see it against a Power-5 team in Penn State. Auburn offensively has mostly relied on its ground game. Auburn has rushed for more than 300 yards in each of its first two games, averaging more than 9 yards per carry in each as well. Auburn's quarterback, Bo Nix, has also had a good start to the year, completing nearly 75% of his passes for 383 yards and five passing touchdowns.
Penn State is also having a great start to the season with a 2-0 record as well. Penn State has faced a much tougher schedule, as the Nittany Lions have beaten Wisconsin on the road and Ball State at home. Penn State held a strong Wisconsin rushing attack to 3.0 yards per attempt despite Wisconsin running the ball a total of 58 times! Penn State offensively is led by quarterback Sean Clifford who has thrown for 477 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Clifford has also added 17 rushing attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown as well. Penn State is now ranked #10 in the country after its first two wins and would certainly jump in the polls with another win this week.
Penn State is a 5-point favorite and the total is set at 53. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised to see this total in the 50s. I would have expected a total in the mid-to-high 40s, so I do think we have some value on the under here. Both teams have been strong defensively, especially against the run. I think this is going to be a close, low-scoring game all the way through, similar to what we saw from Penn State and Wisconsin. I will take the under here.
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