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College Football Betting Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
September 23, 2023
Both Iowa and Penn State have gotten off to great starts this season as they enter this game ranked in the Top 25 and both are undefeated.
However, this will be the toughest test for the Iowa Hawkeyes this season as they won’t have to face the Michigan Wolverines or the Ohio State Buckeyes, so if they win this game they have a realistic chance of running the table. Will the Iowa Hawkeyes keep the game close or will they look clearly like the inferior team against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday evening? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes enter this game ranked 24
in the AP Poll and 22
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 41-10 win at home against the Western Michigan Broncos while covering the 28.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. Iowa scored 41 points while compiling 387 total yards offensively which included 133 passing yards and 254 rushing yards while allowing 10 points and 239 total yards defensively which included 122 passing yards and 117 rushing yards. Cade McNamara led the team in passing, completing 9 of 19 attempts for 103 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Leshon Williams led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 145 yards while adding two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown. Erick All led the team in receiving with one reception for 34 yards.
Penn State enters this game ranked 7
in the AP Poll and 7
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 30-13 win on the road against the Illinois Fighting Illini while covering the 14-point spread as a road favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Nittany Lions scored 30 points while compiling 383 total yards offensively which included 219 passing yards and 164 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 354 total yards defensively which included 292 passing yards and 62 rushing yards. Drew Allar led the team in passing, completing 16 of 33 attempts for 208 yards while adding 24 rushing yards. Kaytron Allen led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for nine yards. Nicholas Singleton led the team in receiving, catching three of four targets for 49 yards.
BookMaker has the Penn State Nittany Lions listed as 14.5-point favorites at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday evening in week 4 of the college football season. Penn State has won six of the last ten while Iowa has won two of the last three games while going 2-1 ATS in those matchups. Iowa is 2-1 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS on the road this season while the Penn State Nittany Lions are 3-0 ATS overall, 2-0 ATS at home, 3-0 ATS as a favorite, and 1-0 ATS in conference games on the year.
Penn State is looking like one of the best teams in college football this season as they have outscored their opponents 131-35 and have covered the spread in all three of those games as well. Iowa may win the Big Ten West this season but they don’t match up well against the Nittany Lions in this matchup which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Penn State Nittany Lions -14 at home in week 4 of the college football season on BookMaker.
Spooky Express Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions -14
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