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Penn State Nittany Lions Visit Central Florida Knights in Week 1 Clash – Betting Lines and Pick

Penn State Nittany Lions


Central Florida Knights
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Croke Park Stadium

After starting last season 2-0 the Nittany Lion failed to win back-to-back games for the rest of the season, missing out on a bowl game at 7-5 SU. They were ever worse ATS at 5-7 and they were especially bad on the road at 1-4 ATS.

The Knights advanced to and won their first BCS bowl game last year, upsetting Baylor 52-42 as a 16.5-point underdog in the Fiesta Bowl. Overall the Knights were 12-1 SU last season with an 8-5 record ATS and a 4-2 ATS mark at home.

UCF snapped its 7-game losing skid against Big Ten programs last year against PSU, proving they can win and cover here.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Central Florida Knights Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Central Florida Knights as 3-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. The total opened at 48 and was on the move over at TopBet.

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Computer Prediction: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Central Florida Knights Pick

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 38-28 win for the Knights on Saturday. 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 Central Florida Knights Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Central Florida Knights have seen them go 12-1 and 8-5 ATS so far this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions are at 7-5 and 5-7 ATS. In over under totals betting, the Penn State Nittany Lions are 7-5, while the Central Florida Knights are 5-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Central Florida vs Penn State injuries news.

The Central Florida Knights sit at No. 33 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Penn State Nittany Lions are at No. 77 on that chart.

How Penn State Nittany Lions vs Central Florida Knights Stats Matchup

The game also pits Central Florida's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 34.62 PPG, against a Penn State defense that ranks No. 59 this week at 26.17 PPG. The Central Florida aerial game is averaging 281.62 yards per game, more than the Penn State Nittany Lions secondary allows through the air, 237.33 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Penn State Nittany Lions own the league's No. 8-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 96 yards per game when on the road. Central Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 44 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Penn State was a 31-24 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 25-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (55) made winners of OVER bettors. Christian Hackenberg's 339-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Penn State earned a 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

Central Florida won its last outing, a 52-42 result against Baylor on January 1. Central Florida covered in that game as a 16.5-point underdog, while the 94 combined points took the game OVER the total. Blake Bortles led the way last time out for the Knights, connecting for 301 passing yards and a 52-42 victory over the Bears at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Next Betting Matchups

Penn State home to Akron, Saturday, September 6th
Central Florida at Missouri, Saturday, September 13th