Georgia State vs. Penn State NCAA Football Preview
Where: Beaver Stadium – University Park, PA
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: Big Ten Network
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Betting on the Georgia State Panthers (0-1)
Georgia State’s season did not start on the right foot. The Panthers were upset as 15-point home favorites by Tennessee State, who came into Turner Field to get the 17-10 win.
Four costly turnovers (three of which were fumbles) torpedoed the Panthers, who could only muster 273 total yards of offense. Meanwhile, their defensive front couldn’t contain the Tigers’ rushing attack, which put up 238 yards on the ground.
Even with an extra week off to prepare, that disappointing showing doesn’t bode well for Georgia State’s visit to State College.
With their defense unlikely to keep Penn State’s explosive offense quiet for long, their offense will need markedly better performances from quarterbacks Conner Manning and Aaron Winchester as well as the running game, which could only muster a pitiful 49 yards from 29 carries.
After struggling that badly, it’s highly optimistic to expect that offense to take a significant step up against a significantly better opponent.
Betting on the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)
No. 5 Penn State is up to 2-0 on the season after convincing wins over Akron and Pitt. Their 33-14 win over their state rivals was especially impressive. Trace McSorley didn’t have his best game, as he finished just 15-of-28 for 164 yards and three touchdowns, but Saquon Barkley was on hand to bail him out.
Barkley, who is now a +800 Heisman candidate, had 133 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to pace the Nittany Lions. After seeing how hard it was for Georgia State to stop the run, look for Barkley to go off for another impressive game. Meanwhile, McSorley will be eager to bounce back from his disappointing showing and should be significantly better against an inferior opponent at home.
The Penn State defense also impressed against Pitt. The unit held strong despite spending nearly 40 minutes on the field. They held Pitt to just 5-of-17 on third downs and forced three turnovers. They could very easily come up with another dominant night based on how anemic the Georgia State offense looked in their opener.
Penn State (-38.5) beats Georgia State to a pulp and rolls to a 49-7 win.
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