Getting into the college football playoffs usually come around by having a great regular season, with nor more than a single loss, and winning a conference title. It all sounds straightforward enough, but a lot of it has to do with the conference that a team plays in, as well as the division that they find themselves in. the reality is that some divisions are tougher than others. For example, it’s a good deal harder to get out of the SEC West and into a Conference Championship Game than it is to navigate the SEC East. This is the situation we are looking at in the Big Ten, with the East a whole lot more stacked than the West.
Yes, each division contains a trio of ranked teams, but the East has two in the top 10, as well as a pair of unbeatens. The Penn State Nittany Lions are one of those unbeaten teams, and they will be looking to keep the pressure on Ohio State when they face the Michigan State Spartans this weekend. The Nittany Lions are a 7-point road favorite, with the point total set at 44.
Penn State vs Michigan State 2019 College Football Week 9 Lines & Prediction
- When: Saturday, October 26 at 3:30 PM EST
- Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing
- TV: ABC
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: ABC Go
- College Football Week 9 Lines: Penn State -7 (Total 44)
- Mostly Cloudy: 12°C/54°F
- Humidity: 65%
- Precipitation: 20%
- Cloud Cover: 58%
- Wind: 8 mph SE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions?
The Nittany Lions are coming into this week with a perfect 7-0 record, which has them sitting ranked at the #6 spot. The better news for Penn State is that they have passed two very tough tests over the last couple of weeks, taking down ranked Iowa and Michigan in back to back games.
The potential decider in terms of the conference and a playoff spot is still to come, with Ohio State looming on the horizon. It’s important that they do not look beyond this challenge, though, as Michigan State are certainly not a pushover in their own building. The Nittany Lions have been solid on the road, though, winning 7 of their last 8 away from home, although it should be noted that they are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the Spartans.
- Points per Game: 42.00
- Passing Yards: 274.17
- Rushing Yards: 191.17
- Yards per Play: 6.60
- Points per Game: 8.17
- Passing Yards: 205.83
- Rushing Yards: 53.83
- Yards per Play: 3.83
Why bet on the Michigan State Spartans?
Where Penn State have thrived against the better teams in the Big Ten, the Spartans have made a habit of coming up short. They are coming into this one with a 4-3 record on the season, which includes going 2-2 in conference play. Those 2 losses came in their last two games, with back to back losses against ranked Ohio State and Wisconsin.
It is the nature of those losses that is perhaps the most alarming, with the Spartans being outscored 72-10 over the course of those two games. Michigan State is 6-4 SU in their last 10 meetings with Penn State, but that is where the positives end. They are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall, as well as being 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games at home.
- Points per Game: 23.86
- Passing Yards: 240.29
- Rushing Yards: 117.14
- Yards per Play: 5.26
- Points per Game: 21.00
- Passing Yards: 196.57
- Rushing Yards: 117.71
- Yards per Play: 4.74
Penn State vs Michigan State College Football Week 9 Betting Trends
- Nittany Lions are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games this season
- Nittany Lions are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games played in October
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Penn State’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Big 10 conference
- Spartans are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games played in week 9
- Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games this season
- The total has gone OVER in 16 of Michigan State’s last 20 games against Penn State
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Penn State vs Michigan State
Winning on the road against a conference foe is never an easy task, but I have a feeling that the Penn State Nittany Lions are going to make it look easy this weekend. I have them winning this one in rather comfortable style.
Score: Penn State Nittany Lions 39 – Michigan State Spartans 13
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