Rutgers vs. Penn State Total Pick
Is No. 10 Penn State going to shut down the struggling Rutgers offense when the two collide this Saturday at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
373 Rutgers vs. 374 Penn State
Saturday, November 30, 2019
3:30PM ET – Beaver Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Penn State is favored at home, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -40 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 49 points. The public betting currently has 79 percent going on Penn State as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Knights a mess
Rutgers has struggled all season and now lost three straight following a 27-0 loss at home to Michigan State last week. The Knights come into this game at 2-9 overall, 0-8 in the Big Ten, 3-8 against the spread and 6-5 with the under.
The Knights have had the nation’s worst offense, averaging just 13.9 points and 263.3 yards per game this year. The defense has also been among the worst in the country, giving up 37.5 points and 442.6 yards per game. Isaih Pacheco has been leading the offense this year with 627 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Johnny Langan has been the leading passer with 676 yards and four touchdowns, but also has nine interceptions. Bo Melton is the team’s leading receiver with 27 catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns.
Penn State competitive with Ohio State
Penn State is coming off a 28-17 loss at Ohio State last weekend for its second loss in three games, but the Nittany Lions were as competitive with the Buckeyes as anyone has been this year. Penn State is 9-2 on the season, 6-2 in the Big Ten, 6-5 against the spread and 6-5 with the under.
The Nittany Lions have been one of the stronger defensive teams in the nation, allowing just 14.8 points and 325.7 yards per game. Yetur Gross-Matos is leading the defense with 39 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Offensively, PSU is putting up 35 points and 410.1 yards per contest. Sean Clifford has been leading the offense with 2,521 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, while also rushing for 374 yards and five scores. He is questionable for this game with a leg injury. If he is unable to go, Will Levis gets the start. He has thrown for just 142 yards this year. Journey Brown is the team’s leading rusher with 585 yards and seven touchdowns while KJ Hamler has 49 catches for 836 yards and eight scores.
College Football Betting Trends
The Knights are 13-3 with the under in their last 16 games on grass and 6-1 with the under in their last seven road games.
The Nittany Lions are 8-3 with the under in their last 11 conference games, but 13-6 with the over in their last 19 games in November.
These two have hit the under in five straight meetings, as Rutgers has failed to score more than 10 points on Penn State in all five games. This total is a tough call because I could see Penn State getting it on its own at home. The Nittany Lions have liked to run up the score when possible, putting up 59 on Maryland, 45 on Buffalo and 79 on Idaho. I don’t see Rutgers doing much of anything, but any points the Knights can possibly score should only be insurance for the over. I like Penn State to really hammer Rutgers on offense. Keep an eye on the Clifford injury situation, but if he plays, I like the over to hit.
College Football Week 14 Prediction: Rutgers/Penn State Over 49