Indiana vs. Penn State Prediction

Indiana vs. Penn State, 10/2/2021 College Football Week 5 Betting Predictions

No. 4 Penn State will look to stay unbeaten on the season when it hosts unranked Indiana at 7:30 p.m. ET in Happy Valley on Saturday night. Will the Nittany Lions also cover as a double-digit home favorite in the process?

Game Snapshot

131 Indiana Hoosiers (+12.5) at 132 Penn State Nittany Lions (-12.5); o/u 53.5

7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 2, 20201

Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA


Indiana Hoosiers Game Notes

Indiana redshirt sophomore QB Michael Penix Jr. threw for 373 yards on 35-of-53 passing against Western Kentucky on Saturday. Penix Jr. amazingly didn't throw for any touchdowns despite that high-yardage total, but he did get one on the ground with Stephen Carr finishing off two drives for the Hoosiers with rushing scores. There were some fits of inaccuracy, but overall a very solid game for the 6-foot-3, 218-pound quarterback against a Western Kentucky team that could cause some damage in the C-USA. Penix Jr. and Indiana improve to 3-2, but have another tough game next Saturday against Penn State.

Penn State Nittany Lions Game Notes:

Penn State redshirt senior QB Sean Clifford made the cut in the narrowed-down Golden Arm Award watch list. Clifford (6'2/219) is among the 25 quarterbacks still in contention for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List, presented to the best upperclassman quarterback in all of college football. Clifford has completed 71.7% of his passes for 1,158 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions this year. Clifford had a bit of a down year last season, but appears to be back on his way up.

Indiana vs. Penn State Week 5 Betting Prediction

The home team is 7-2-1 against the spread in the last 10 meetings between these two teams, while Penn State is 5-0 against the spread in its last five conference games. The Nittany Lions are also 7-1 against the number in their last eight games overall, are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite and are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games as a home favorite. On the other side, the Hoosiers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall and are 1-4 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.

College Football Week 5 Prediction: PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS -12.5

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