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Penn State Nittany Lions Face the Northwestern Wildcats: Week 6 NCAA Football Odds and Pick

Betting fans will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Northwestern Wildcats host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ryan Field in Week 6 action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the $Penn State Nittany Lions listed as -14-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under betting line was unavailable earlier in the week, but posted shortly at MyBookie.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark picked a 42-24 result in favor of the Nittany Lions. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. 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 Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats sit at 2-2 (2-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Penn State Nittany Lions are currently 5-0 (3-1-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Northwestern is 2-1-1 OU, and Penn State is 1-4 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs Penn State injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 45-rated Northwestern Wildcats and the No. 4-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Northwestern's No. 63-ranked offense, averaging 30.25 PPG, against a Penn State defense that ranks No. 3 this week at 9.4 PPG. The Northwestern aerial game is averaging 278.75 yards per game, more than the Penn State Nittany Lions secondary allows through the air, 161.8 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Penn State Nittany Lions own the league's No. 22-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 82 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 31 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Trace McSorley's 315-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Penn State earned a 45-14 win over Indiana on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

In their last game, the Wildcats were Week 5 losers coming out on the wrong end of 33-24 score against Wisconsin.

Betting Trends
  • Penn State is 12-1-1 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Penn State's last 23 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Penn State home to Michigan, Saturday, October 21st
Northwestern at Maryland, Saturday, October 14th