Indiana at Penn State: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Indiana at Penn State: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0) vs Indiana Hoosiers (2-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)

Betting Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions -12.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Hoosiers and Penn State Nittany Lions face off on Saturday in a Week 5 Big Ten college football showdown at Beaver Stadium. It took overtime last year, but Indiana was able to come away with the one-point victory. 

The Indiana Hoosiers have a 2-2 record, but they very easily could be 3-1. Two games ago against Cincinnati, Indiana had a chance to come away with the victory, but Michael Penix Jr had three turnovers, and that led to the loss. In the last game against Western Kentucky, it was a close battle, that Indiana won by two points. Indiana is averaging 29.75 points while their defense is giving up 29.25 points. Indiana is averaging 11.25 points in the 1st quarter and they need the offense to continue to get out to a strong start. Under center for Indiana is Penix Jr who has thrown for 821 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Penn State Nittany Lions who have a 4-0 record and that includes wins over Auburn and Wisconsin. Penn State on the season is averaging 31.5 points per game while their defense is giving up 15 points. Under center for Penn State is Sean Clifford and he has thrown for 1,158 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions. Under center for Penn State is Noah Cain who has thrown for 164 yards and three touchdowns. The strength of this team is the defense and they need to try to create a few turnovers and make life tough on Penix. 

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Indiana is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight conference games. Penn State is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall. The over is 7-3 in Indiana’s last 10 road games. The home team is 7-2-1 against the spread in the last ten meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

Penn State’s an elite defensive team, and Indiana is going to really struggle to score in this game. The home team is 7-2-1 against the spread in the last ten meetings played between the two teams. Look for Penn State to get a big game from Clifford and the Nittany Lions will cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Penn State -12.5

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