Penn State at Iowa: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Penn State at Iowa: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0)

Game Info: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

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The 4th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Kinnick Stadium to take on the 3rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The 4th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Indiana Hoosiers, 24-0, this past Saturday. Penn State was outstanding defensively against the Indiana offense and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 14-0 lead. Penn State outgained Indiana by a 408-264 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was QB Sean Clifford who completed 17 of 33 passes for 178 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT.

On the season, Penn State is averaging 30.0 ppg on 418.6 total yards per game (286.0 passing yds/g; 132.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Penn State has been led by QB Sean Clifford who has completed 67.3% of his passes for 1336 yards, 11 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for Clifford and the Nittany Lions have been Jahan Dotson (35 rec, 446 yards, 6 TD), Parker Washington (25 rec, 331 yards, 2 TD), & KeAndre Lambert-Smith (13 rec, 224 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Penn State backfield has been the duo of Noah Cain (59 att, 187 yards, 3 TD) & Keyvone Lee (28 att, 174 yards).

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Defensively, Penn State is holding their opponents to an average of 12.0 ppg on 314.2 total yards per game (202.6 passing yds/g; 111.6 rushing yds/g).

The 3rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 51-14, this past Friday. Iowa was outstanding defensively against Maryland and had no trouble securing the victory after a 31-point 2nd quarter gave the Hawkeyes a 34-7 halftime lead. Iowa outgained Maryland by a 428-271 margin and won the turnover battle by a 7-0 margin. Leading the way for the Hawkeyes was QB Spencer Petras who completed 21 of 30 passes for 259 yards & 3 TD.

On the season, Iowa is averaging 33.2 ppg on 320.0 total yards per game (194.0 passing yds/g; 126.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa has been led by QB Spencer Petras who has competed 62.0% of his passes for 943 yards, 7 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for the Hawkeyes have been Sam LaPorta (22 rec, 263 yards, 2 TD), Nico Ragaini (11 rec, 132 yards), & Keagan Johnson (2 rec, 92 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Hawkeyes backfield has been Tyler Goodson who has rushed for 430 yards & 5 TD’s on 99 carries while also hauling in 12 receptions for 146 yards & 1 TD.

Defensively, Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 11.6 ppg on 271.4 total yards per game (184.4 passing yds/g; 87.0 rushing yds/g).

The Nittany Lions are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog. The Hawkeyes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.

This is going to be one of the best games to watch on Saturday, however, I would not expect a high-scoring game as both Penn State and Iowa have two of the best defenses in all of College Football. Penn State currently ranks 3rd in scoring defense & 33rd total defense while Iowa ranks 2nd in scoring defense & 8th in total defense and I expect this to be a low scoring slugfest, I think the play here is to take the Under despite it being such a low total. Good Luck!

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