How to Bet Penn State vs Pittsburgh College Football Week 2 Spread.

How to Bet Penn State vs Pittsburgh College Football Week 2

Written by on September 5, 2018

The ABC prime-time game of the week is a battle for Pennsylvania bragging rights as No. 13 Penn State visits unranked Pittsburgh. The Nittany Lions are lucky they aren’t 0-1 after avoiding a huge upset last week. PSU is -8 at Mybookie Sportsbook NCAA Football Week 2 Odds.

Penn State vs Pittsburgh College Football Week 2 Spread

  • When: Saturday, 8 PM ET
  • Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
  • TV: ABC
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • College Football Spread: PSU -8 (57)

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Weather Forecast

  • Chance of Rain: 18°C/65°F
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Precipitation: 37%
  • Cloud Cover: 62%
  • Wind: 9 mph E
  • Stadium Type: Open

Why Bet on Penn State?

The Lions had you know what scared out of them last week as they narrowly beat Appalachian State 45-38 in overtime. After scoring on the first possession of extra time, Penn State intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop Appalachian State’s ensuing drive to end the game. The then-No. 10 Lions 24.5-point favorite entering the game. Amani Oruwariye intercepted a Zac Thomas pass in the end zone, and PSU held on to beat Appalachian State exactly 11 years after the Mountaineers stunned Michigan in one of the biggest NCAA upsets ever. Trailing by a touchdown with 1 minute, 39 seconds to go in regulation, senior quarterback Trace McSorley engineered a touchdown drive to tie the game at 38-38 and force overtime. Penn State went on offense first and handed the ball to Miles Sanders four consecutive times, with his last rush crossing the goal line from 4 yards out. Appalachian State threatened, converting a fourth-and-1 to earn a fresh set of downs at the 15-yard line, but the Oruwariye picked Thomas’ first-down pass off to end the game. McSorley accounted for three touchdowns, two rushing, and one passing, and finished with 283 total offense yards. The senior connected on 21 of his 36 passing attempts. Sanders, replacing Saquon Barkley, rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. Linebacker Jan Johnson led the Nittany Lion defense with 11 total tackles. Penn State returns to Heinz Field for the first time since 2016 when the teams renewed their historic series. Pitt prevailed, fending off a Penn State rally for a 42-39 victory, but the Nittany Lions answered with a 33-14 victory last season in Beaver Stadium. Penn State is playing on the road for the 69th time in the 99-game series. Just 24 meetings have been in Happy Valley, while six were at neutral sites. Penn State owns a 168-95-12 record all-time against current NCAA Division I teams in Pennsylvania. Since joining the Big Ten in 1993, Penn State is 43-4 against FBS teams within 250 miles.

Why Bet on Pittsburgh?

Pitt, which closed its 2017 season with a win over No. 2 Miami, cruised past Albany for a 33-7 win in its 2018 opener. Quarterback Kenny Pickett accounted for three scores (two passing, one rushing), and the Panthers rushed for 238 yards as a team. The sophomore completed his first 13 passes and finished 16 of 22 for 154 yards. He hit Rafael Araujo-Lopes twice for scores in the second quarter, the first on a 3-yard lob and another on a 42-yard catch-and-run. Maurice French returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and added a 9-yard scoring run later in the first quarter as the Panthers needed just over 10 minutes to build a 19-point lead. The Panthers’ starting offensive line included at left tackle Stefano Millin, making his Pitt debut following a graduate transfer from Kent State; redshirt freshman right tackle Gabe Houy, playing in his first collegiate game; and senior left guard Connor Dintino, who made his first career offensive line start. Penn State vs Pittsburgh isn't going to be an easy one for the Panthers. Junior safety Damar Hamlin halted Albany’s first drive with an interception at the Pitt 2, returning it 79 yards. It marked the second INT of his collegiate career. The 79-yard INT return marked Pitt’s longest since October 16, 2010, when Ricky Gary had an 80-yard return for a score at Syracuse. Pickett will be making just his third career start when the Nittany Lions visit Pittsburgh. Pickett has accounted for six touchdowns (three passing and three rushing) in his past two games. Pitt’s rushing production has been a key indicator for victory under Pat Narduzzi. Two years ago, Pitt’s 42-39 win over Penn State was fueled by 341 yards on the ground. For Pitt, this will be the first time it will host an 8 p.m. ABC national telecast in five years. The last occurrence was a 28-21 victory over Notre Dame on November 9, 2013. This will be the first night kickoff for a Pitt-Penn State game in 31 years. On November 14, 1987, the Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions, 10-0, in an ESPN televised game at Pitt Stadium.

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Penn State vs Pittsburgh College Football Week 2 Betting Trends

  • Underdog is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings
  • Nittany Lions are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings
  • Panthers are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
  • Penn State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Penn State’s last 8 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Expert Prediction for Penn State vs Pittsburgh

Penn State wins but only by a TD – take Pitt and the points.
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