The best USA sportsbooks favor Penn State by two TDs when the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions play on Saturday in NCAAF action at Beaver Stadium. Iowa is coming off a game against Western Michigan.
In that game, the Hawkeyes coasted to a 31-point win. Penn State faced Illinois last weekend. The Nittany Lions wound up remaining unbeaten with a 17-point win. The Penn State Nittany Lions will be aiming for a ninth consecutive SU victory in a row as they receive the upstart Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night in NCAAF Week 4 action from Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions solidified their hold on the #7 spot in the AP Top 25 poll with last weekend’s 30-13 win against Illinois as 14-point road favorites at the best online sportsbooks. They are also undefeated against the point spread in ten overall games dating back to last October.
The Hawkeyes head to State College on a remarkable 8-1 SU streak after they knocked off Western Michigan 41-10 last weekend. They have allowed only 12.3 points per game in their 3-0 SU start of the season.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Odds By BetOnline
|Iowa||+14½ ( -110 )||41½ ( -110 )||+475|
|Penn State||-14½ ( -110 )||41½ ( -110 )||-650|
Betting Iowa Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes had to get over a slow start in last weekend’s game with WMU to keep their perfect SU mark and move up to No. 24 in the rankings. After overcoming a couple of deficits before halftime, the Hawkeyes scored 27 unanswered points in the second half.
They have now surrendered only 17 total points after the halftime thus far this year. Iowa has been running up the score against foes in spite of a somewhat mediocre early showing by QB Cade McNamara. The senior QB went on to complete just nine passes for 103 passing yards through the air in last weekend’s victory.
He would redeem himself with a couple of scoring passes even though he was sacked four times. In general, McNamara has completed just 53.5 percent of his pass attempts this year, for 417 yards and four TDs with three interceptions in his first three performances.
Iowa has been the winner in 13 of its last 14 games in the month of September. The Hawkeyes have not covered the best USA sportsbooks’ point spread in its past five games against an AP-ranked team. Iowa has won the 1st half in four of its past five games playing against a conference opponent. Six of Iowa’s past seven games as a dog has gone UNDER the total points line.
Betting Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions have been building their current eight-game winning streak on a fierce defense that has kept opponents to only 12 points per game during their streak. Now at #7 in the AP Top 25 poll, Penn State has given up just one scoring TD thus far this season.
That one came in garbage time in last weekend’s 30-13 win against Illinois. That solid defensive play has offered plenty of wiggle room for QB Drew Allar. He connected for 4 scores in the first two games of the season.
On the other hand, the sophomore was left out of the end zone, and he would only manage to complete 16 out of 33 passing attempts on Saturday after he was briefly out of action with an injured arm early in the game.
Penn State has been the winner in each of its past 14 college football games in the month of September. Nittany Lions have covered the best USA sportsbooks’ point spread in its past ten games.
Penn State has won the 1st quarter in each of its past four games when they have been playing against a conference opponent. Penn State has won the 1st half in each of its past seven games when they have been playing against a conference opponent. Four of Penn State’s past five games that they have played against an AP-ranked team have gone OVER the total points line according to the top college football sportsbooks.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick
We have to stick with Penn State here. Having said that, one could make a case either way. The Nittany Lions ran through their first two games with little issue. They outscored their opponents by a total 101-22 margin.
In the Illinois game, Penn State yielded 292 passing yards and 20 first downs but the defense was great regardless. The Lions kept the Illini to 62 rush yards and 6-of-15 on third-down tries. They also bagged five TOs (four picks).