It is easy to get carried away after a big win in the opening week of the college football season, but the opponent should always be considered before talk of a National Championship begins. A lot of the top ranked teams had comfortable blowout wins in the opening week of the season, but most of them had games against teams that you would expect them top destroy. There are other things that need to be considered besides the final score.
For example, Clemson blew out Georgia Tech, but Trevor Lawrence did not look sharp at QB in that one. Still, there are big wins that can also be viewed as encouraging, especially when a team loses some key pieces on either side of the football to the NFL draft. That was the case for the Penn State Nittany Lions in the offseason, losing a pair of offensive stars that left some wondering how they would fill those gaps. Penn State won big in Week 1, but they will have much stiffer competition in the form of the Buffalo Bulls. The Nittany Lions are favored by Penn State is favored by 30 ½, with the point total set at 56.
Buffalo vs Penn State 2019 College Football Week 2 Odds, Game Info & Pick
- When: Saturday, September 7, 7:30 PM EST
- Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park
- TV: FOX
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- College Football Week 2 Odds: Penn State -30.5 (Total 56)
- Partly Cloudy: 21°C/69°F
- Humidity: 60%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 35%
- Wind: 8 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Buffalo Bulls?
The secret to the Buffalo Bulls success, and any hopes of a serious upset here, is simple. This is a team that runs the ball very well, but they are also somewhat one-dimensional, which means that they can be slowed down in a big way if they are not running the ball effectively. Buffalo came storming out of the gate in Week 1, downing Robert Morris by a score of 38-10. While it was a nice win, they failed to cover the spread, which was set at a rather lofty 41 ½ points.
You do have to wonder just how successful against a Penn State team that is certainly stouter on the defensive side of the football. One thing to remember, though, is that the Bulls have covered the spread in each of their last 6 meetings with a Big Ten opponent.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 19.00
- Rush Yards: 68.00
- Pass Attempts: 38.00
- Completion Percentage: 69.74
- Passing Yards: 272.00
- Total Yards: 340.00
- Turnovers: 1.50
Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions?
With Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders now off living it large in the NFL, there were some concerns that the Nittany Lions offense might have a hard time adapting to those losses. A 79-7 win over the Idaho Vandals last week may help allay some of those concerns, but the truth of the matter is that this game will be a much better test for the new look Penn State offense.
Penn State has faced Buffalo twice in the past, winning both games by an average score of 17 points, a good deal less than the 30 ½ being floated here. The win looks to be an easy pick, especially since the Nittany Lions are 18-2 SU in their last 20 at home. They are also 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 September games.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 36.00
- Rush Yards: 195.50
- Pass Attempts: 27.00
- Completion Percentage: 62.96
- Passing Yards: 165.00
- Total Yards: 360.5
- Turnovers: 1.00
Buffalo vs Penn State 2019 College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- Bulls are 14-4 SU in their last 18 games
- Bulls are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo’s last 8 games played on a Saturday
- Nittany Lions are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Mid-American conference
- Nittany Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in September
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State’s last 6 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Buffalo vs Penn State
This is almost certainly a game that should be a comfortable win for Penn State, but I am concerned about that point total, especially if Buffalo can run the ball and kill some clock. I am taking the Bulls to cover here.
Score: Buffalo Bulls 21 – Penn State Nittany Lions 42