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Point spread favors Nittany Lions in battle with Cornhuskers

Nebraska CornhuskersPenn State Nittany Lions
7-3November 23, 2013, 03:30 | Beaver Stadium6-4

The Penn State Nittany Lions host Nebraska on Saturday, looking to build on their 4-6 ATS mark against the 7-3 Cornhuskers in NCAAF action at Beaver Stadium.

The Cornhuskers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Nittany Lions are 4-6 ATS. Nebraska is 5-5 on the totals; Penn State is 6-4.

View Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as -2.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 62-rated Nittany Lions and the No. 52-rated Cornhuskers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 36-29 win for the Cornhuskers on Saturday.

Nebraska was a 41-28 loser in their most recent outing at home against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (69) made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 62-ranked offense (29.3 PPG) against a Cornhuskers defense that ranks No. 46 at 24.6 PPG. The Nittany Lions passing attack has averaged 255.4 yards per game, more than the Cornhuskers give up through the air (212.7 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cornhuskers feature the league's No. 6-rated road run defense, allowing 94 yards per game. Penn State, meanwhile, ranks No. 34 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cornhuskers at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Nebraska is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nebraska's last 6 games
Nebraska is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Penn State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Penn State is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Penn State's last 18 games
Penn State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Nebraska home to Iowa, Friday, November 29th
Penn State at Wisconsin, Saturday, November 30th