2012 ESPN College Football Week 6 Odds: Northwestern vs. Penn State Print
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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:30
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Northwestern vs. Penn State Odds

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STATE COLLEGE, PA (The Spread) – No. 24 Northwestern looks to stay unbeaten on Saturday when it hits the road to face Penn State at Noon ET on ESPN.

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Northwestern is 5-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big Ten and 1-0 on the road. Penn State is 3-2 overall, 1-0 in Big Ten play and 2-1 at home. The Wildcats are 5-0 against the spread while the Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS. Penn State has won its last five against Northwestern.

Trends show that Northwestern is 0-4 against the spread in its last 4 games against the Nittany Lions and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at Penn State. The home team has covered the spread in 9 of the last 13 in this series.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Penn State is a slight favorite at home, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -3 points against Northwestern. (View Matchup) Opening odds had Penn State as a 4-point favorite at home. The spread never reached any higher than that and is holding at its low of Penn State -3.

Northwestern is off to a surprising 5-0 start following a 44-29 win over Indiana. The Wildcats are scoring 33.8 points per game this season while holding opponents to just 20.6 points per game. Northwestern has been led by its rushing game, as it is averaging 255.8 yards per game on the ground, which ranks ninth in the nation. Venric Mark is leading the team with 538 yards and five touchdowns.

Penn State has won three straight after an 0-2 start. Last week, the Nittany Lions dominated Illinois, 35-7, on the road. Penn State has been very strong on defense, allowing just 13.6 points per game, which ranks 14th nationally. On offense, Penn State is posting just 24.6 points per contest. The team is being led by quarterback Matthew McGloin, who has thrown for 1,217 yards and 10 TDs.

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In terms of Injuries, Northwestern receiver Mike Jensen and defensive back Daniel Jones are both questionable with undisclosed injuries. Penn State guard Mark Arcidiacono is doubtful with a foot injury while linebacker Nyeem Wartman is out with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Northwestern. The Wildcats are getting 71% of the wagers with odds of +3 points at Penn State on Saturday.

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