The Auburn Tigers have an opportunity to turn lots of heads this weekend. A win over the Penn State Nittany Lions could get the Tigers the attention it needs to get into the Top 25. That’s going to be easier said than done though against a Penn State team that is in excellent form. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Auburn Tigers vs Penn State Nittany Lions NCAA Week 3 College Football Game on September 18, 2021
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park
When: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Auburn Tigers (+6.5)
Record: 0-0 Overall / 2-0 Conference
The good times kept on rolling for Auburn last week, as expected. After steamrolling the Arkon Zips in Week 1 in a 60-10 win, the Tigers scored a 62-0 victory over the Alabama State Hornets in Week 2. Those are mere warm-ups for Bo Nix and company though, and their first real test will come this weekend against the Nittany Lions. That said, Auburn has fed itself with a ton of confidence from those pair of smashing wins. The ground game of Auburn is one to watch out for. Jarquez Hunter and Tank Bigsby had 147 and 122 rushing yards, respectively, against Alabama State, while Nix passed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 9/17 completions. The Tigers’ defense is ready too after holding their last two opponents to just 10 points. Auburn is 3-1 against the spread in its last four games. The over is 4-1 in Auburn’s last five games.
Betting on the Penn State Nittany Lions (-6.5)
Record: 2-0 Overall / 1-0 Conference
Penn State is definitely ready for Auburn. Unlike the Tigers, Penn State has already played a legitimate opponent when the Nittany Lions took down No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers in Week 1 to the tune of a 16-10 score on the road. After that, Penn State blasted the Ball State Cardinals at home, 44-13. Penn State is allowing just 11.5 points per game so far this season. The success against Wisconsin is proof that the Nittany Lions’ defense is legit, and Auburn should take note of that. After tearing apart leaky defenses with mediocre players, Auburn is about to run into a brick wall in the form of Penn State’s stop unit that forced Wisconsin to commit three turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble). As for the offense, Penn State should be fine with their ground attack that’s averaging 145.0 rushing yards per game.
Penn State is 6-0 against the spread in its last six games overall. The over is 2-0 in the Nittany Lions’ last two outings.
Penn State wins, 27-20.
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