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Iowa HawkeyesPenn State Nittany Lions
Oct 8, 3:30 PM | Grass of Beaver Stadium

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds

3-1TEAM RECORD4-1

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Nittany Lions host the Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium in Week 6 action.

The Nittany Lions sport records of 4-1 and 0-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Hawkeyes sit at 3-1 and 2-2 ATS on the season. The over under records are 0-4 for the Nittany Lions and 3-0 for the Hawkeyes.

View Iowa vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Hawkeyes were listed as 1.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Nittany Lions - Hawkeyes odds would favor the Nittany Lions if the lines were set according to power ranks. Penn State is rated No. 22 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Hawkeyes sit at No. 72. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 38-35 win for the Hawkeyes.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 93-ranked offense (23.2 PPG) against a Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 53 at 23.8 PPG. The Nittany Lions passing attack has averaged 221.8 yards per game, less than the Hawkeyes give up through the air (253.2 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Hawkeyes own the league's No. 86-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 194 yards per game when on the road. Penn State, on the other hand, rates No. 70 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Iowa was a 45-17 winner in their most recent outing at home against Louisiana-Monroe. They covered the 17–point spread as favorites, while the total score (62) made winners of OVER bettors.

Penn State was a 16-10 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Indiana. They failed to cover the 14–point spread as favorites, while the total score (26) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 5-5

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Hawkeyes at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Iowa is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Penn State
Iowa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing Penn State
Penn State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Penn State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games when playing Iowa
Penn State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Iowa home to Northwestern, Saturday, October 15
Penn State home to Purdue, Saturday, October 15

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