Penn State Nittany Lions at Northwestern Wildcats Free Betting Pick - Odds - Point Spread Prediction

October 7, 12:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
NW +15

One of the nation’s undefeated teams, the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) will hit the road and continue their campaign as they meet with the Northwestern Wildcats (2-2) at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois for a Big Ten conference match-up between two programs with great familiarity with one another. The game will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network with a kick-off time scheduled for 12:00 PM ET.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Northwestern Wildcats Overview

Penn State comes into the contest off a 45-14 victory against Indiana. Penn State also owns victories against Iowa, Georgia Southern, Akron, and Pitt. Against Akron and Georgia Southern, the Nittany Lions orchestrated two shutout victories where they averaged 54 points in scoring.

Northwestern enters off a hard-fought loss against Wisconsin. The Wildcats would roll-up their sleeves but come up short in a 33-24 loss against the Badgers. On the year, the Cats have played well at home as they have won both their victories in Evanston in their 2017-18 efforts.

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Penn State at Northwestern Betting Trends

Public Money Consensus

In the early going, we have seen the consensus continue to take a liking to the Nittany Lions as 93% of the money and 85% of the tickets come in on PSU. Additionally, 67% of the consensus in forums like the Nittany Lions in this scenario. Reflecting this trend, the market has moved by an additional point in continued favor of Penn State. In the Over/Under, the market has decreased by two points to where it rests now at 55.5, revealing that money has come in on the Under.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Northwestern Wildcats Week 6 Prediction

This contest has all the makings of a trap game. The venue is an early kick-off where a top-five ranked team comes in off yet another drubbing of a perceived inferior opponent. Situationally, this contest will likely be an anchor for many to start off parlays with over the span of Saturday. State will undoubtedly be a popular choice to start the day off right for many. However, takers beware. The Nittany Lions may have a resume that looks flawless but this is a football team that has not really faced any competition this year outside of an undefeated Iowa team in Kinnick Stadium. Penn State should have lost the game be that it had to come down to the last play and heroics to declare a victor. Entering the affair, Penn State was a two-possession favorite.

While the talk of the town may be Saquon Barkley and his Heisman candidacy, the Wildcats’ have a weapon of their own and his name is Justin Jackson. Jackson is also one of the better backs in America. Jackson knows how to beat this Penn State team as he was there for both Northwestern triumphs dating back to 2015, presenting an optimal fade opportunity.

Free Pick: 
Take Northwestern +15

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