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Northwestern vs Penn State Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for College Football Week 5 Game on FanDuel Sportsbook

Larry Rupp
Northwestern vs Penn State prediction, odds and betting trends for NCAA college football game.
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Northwestern vs Penn State Week 5 Game Info

2022 NCAA College Football Game
Northwestern Wildcats (1-3, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium — University Park, PA
Coverage: ESPN

Week 5 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a Big Ten showdown between the Northwestern Wildcats and No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions. Northwestern has dropped one heartbreaker after another this season, losing each of its last three games by only one possession.

Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions look ready to compete with the best of the best in the conference. Penn State took down Central Michigan by a score of 33-14 last Saturday thanks to 3 touchdown passes by quarterback Sean Clifford. Kaytron Allen paced the ground game with 111 yards on 13 carries.

Northwestern vs Penn State Odds & Spread

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: NW: (+1400) | PSU: (-4000)
Spread: NW: +26.5 (-110) | PSU: -26.5 (-110)
Total: 52.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Penn State enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This 3:30 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 52.5 points, which is about average compared to this week's college football projected totals.

Northwestern vs Penn State Prediction & Pick

The Nittany Lions are humming on offense right now, which makes it hard to pick against them here. The freshmen running back duo of Kaytron Allen & Nick Singleton has posted a combined 593 yards and 7 touchdowns on 78 carries across four games. That's good for a mark of 7.6 yards per carry.

Northwestern is 2-7 straight up in its last nine games against Penn State and hasn't earned a victory at Beaver Stadium since 2014. Dropping games to Southern Illinois and Miami (OH) shows that the Wildcats simply don't have the talent to keep up in this matchup. The Nittany Lions roll on Saturday.

Final Score Prediction: Northwestern: 13 | Penn State: 42

Northwestern vs Penn State Betting Trends

- Northwestern is 2-7 straight up in its last nine games against Penn State.
- The total has hit the under in four of Northwestern's last six games.
- Penn State is 13-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last 20 games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Penn state's last six games against Northwestern.

Northwestern vs Penn State Best Bet

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Northwestern's offense ranks outside the top 60 teams in terms of yards per play (5.5) and third-down conversion percentage (37.3%). On the other side, Penn State's defense ranks among the top 30 teams in yards per play allowed (4.8) and opponent third down conversion percentage (32.2%).

This one has blowout written all over it for those reasons and more. The Wildcats are 0-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last six away games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight matchups against the Nittany Lions. Expect Penn state to come out firing in this game and make a statement in conference play.

Bet: Penn State -26.5 (-110)

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