Kent State vs. Penn State Total Pick

Kent State vs. Penn State, 9/12/18 Predictions & Preview

Will No. 11 Penn State put up another high total when the Nittany Lions play host to Ken State on Saturday at 1PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

119 Kent State at 120 Penn State

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Noon ET – Beaver Stadium


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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at, Penn State is the clear favorite in this game, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -35 points against the Golden Flashes. The over/under total has been set at 63 points. The public betting for this game currently has 72 percent going on Penn State at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Flashes bounce back

Kenn State opened its season with a tough 31-24 loss at Illinois, but bounced back last week with a 54-14 win over Howard at home. The Flashes are 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 with the over/under. Kent State has hit the over in five of its last seven games.

KSU is having success on offense thus far, averaging 39 points and 482 yards per game. Quarterback Woody Barrett has been tough to contain. He has thrown for 426 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 135 yards and two scores. Justin Rankin has added 199 rushing yards while Jo-El Shaw has added 105 yards on the ground with three scores. The defense is giving up 22.5 points and 369.5 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing 172 rushing yards per game so far.

Penn State rolls Pitt

After a close call with Appalachian State in the opener, Pitt came back with a dominant 51-6 win at Pittsburgh last week. The Nittany Lions are 1-1 against the spread while hitting the over in both games. Penn State has hit the over in its last five overall.

Penn State has an offense that is averaging 48 points and 412 yards through two games. The Nittany Lions are balanced, averaging nearly the same on the ground as they air through the air. Miles Sanders has run for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Trace McSorley has thrown for 374 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 89 yards and three scores. Defensively, Penn State is giving up 22 points and 375.5 yards per game. In the win over Pitt, PSU held the Panthers to just 55 passing yards.

College Football Betting Trends

Kent State

Kent State has hit the under in seven of its last nine games following a win and in five of its last seven road games.

Penn State

Penn State has hit the over in four of its last five home games, but has hit the under in 13 of its last 16 against MAC opponents.


Penn State’s offense is moving along just fine and its defense looked much improved last week. These two haven’t put up big totals when they have met in the past, scoring 46 in 2016 and 34 in 2013. I just don’t see a shootout here, as both teams have ground games that can control tempo when all is going well. I am not sure Kent State will have great success on offense either, which should keep the total lower.


College Football Prediction: Kent State/Penn State Under 63

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