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Penn State, Pittsburgh Look to Turn Around Weak ATS Trends

An old rivalry gets renewed in Week 2 of the college football season as the Penn State Nittany Lions travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.

These two teams last faced each other in 2000, with the Panthers posting a 12-0 victory as 5-point home underdogs, ending a seven-game losing straight streak against Penn State.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Pittsburgh's last 4 games against the Big Ten.
  • Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games in Week 2 of the season.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Penn State's last 20 games in September.

Pittsburgh dominated in a 28-7 win over Villanova in Week 1, but failed to cover as 26.5-point chalk, extending their current against-the-spread losing streak to three games and dropping them to 1-6 ATS in their past seven home dates.

The Panthers are coming off their first winning season since joining the ACC in 2013, posting an 8-5 overall record, but have struggled in recent clashes with Big Ten opponents, going 2-9 SU in their past 11, and failing to cover in their past three at home.

The Nittany Lions got their season off to a promising start with a 33-13 win over Kent State, but remained a disappointment to bettors with their fifth straight ATS loss, dropping them to 1-7 ATS in their past eight games. They are 0-9 ATS in their last nine games on the road.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at Bovada had the Pittsburgh Panthers as -4.5-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check BetOnline for the latest on the over under).

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 20-17 win for the Panthers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Pittsburgh Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Pittsburgh Panthers are 1-0 overall and 0-1 ATS against the spread, while the Nittany Lions are 1-0 and 0-1 ATS. As for the totals, Pittsburgh is 0-1 on the OU, and Penn State is 1-0 Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Penn State injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Panthers rated this week at No. 61 and the Penn State Nittany Lions sitting at No. 70.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Saquon Barkley tore up the turf for 105 rushing yards in the latest Nittany Lions game, a 33-13 win over the Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Penn State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games
  • Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Penn State home to Temple, Saturday, September 17th
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State, Saturday, September 17th

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