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Betting Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Nittany Lions look to pick up both their sixth straight win over Iowa and their sixth win of the season this Saturday night on the road.

Matchup Information
  • Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes (Matchup Report)
  • Date/Time: October 12, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: ABC
  • Opening Odds: Penn State -3 | O/U 44.5 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

There has been no early line movement on this contest. This is Penn State’s 10th straight game as a betting favorite.

Penn State News & Notes

The Penn State Nittany Lions have recovered nicely from their underwhelming 17-10 home win over the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Nittany Lions crushed the Maryland Terrapins 59-0 as 6.5-point road favorites in Week 5 and beat Purdue at home 35-7 last Saturday, improving to 5-0 SU on the season but narrowly falling to 3-2 ATS as 28.5-point favorites.

With the exception of the Pitt game, Penn State has looked sharp on offense through its first five games. But the defense has been the real star, holding opponents to just 7.4 points per game. Only Wisconsin has allowed fewer points per game this season. Penn State is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games in October and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 played in October.

Iowa News & Notes

The Iowa defense isn’t far behind, ranking third in the nation with 8.8 points surrendered per game. Unfortunately for Iowa, despite the defense allowing only 10 points to Michigan on the road last Saturday, the Hawkeyes came up short in a 10-3 loss to the Wolverines. The Hawkeyes were 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS in their previous seven games before that loss as 4-point underdogs.

Iowa returns home on Saturday where the team is 4-0 SU in its last four games and 27-6 SU in its last 33 in October. Over the course of their current five-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions, the Hawkeyes have lost by an average margin of 13.8 points.

Betting Pick: Nittany Lions ATS

These are two elite defenses, but Penn State has more firepower on offense. This should be a tight, low-scoring game, but the Nittany Lions should make a few more big plays to earn a win and cover.

Shark Bites
  • Penn State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
  • Iowa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Penn State’s last 6 games vs its conference.