The Penn State Nittany Lions, off to an inauspicious start to the post-Paterno era, go looking for win No. 1 for Coach O'Brien when they visit the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday.
The Lions, who just got upset at home by Ohio, are 10-point dogs vs. the Cavs, who opened with a 43-19 victory over Richmond.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to side with the Cavaliers in this one will find them as 8.5-point favorites at Sportsbook.ag. The total was at 47.
Penn State was a 24-14 loser in their most recent outing at home against Ohio. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (38) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Nittany Lions suffered a Week 1 loss against Ohio in their last game, falling 24-14 at Beaver Stadium.
Virginia won its last outing, a 43-19 result against Richmond on September 1. Since it involved a non-board school, there was no point spread or total on the game. In their last game, Virginia's aerial attack generated 311 yards and the Cavaliers came away with a 43-19 victory over Richmond at Scott Stadium.
Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 5-5
Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 7-3
A few Nittany Lions at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Penn State's last 6 games
Penn State is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Penn State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State's last 6 games on the road
Virginia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Virginia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Virginia is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia is 1-4-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Penn State home to Navy, Saturday, September 15
Virginia at Georgia Tech, Saturday, September 15