Nittany Lions vs. Wolverines College Football Analysis & Predictions

Nittany Lions vs. Wolverines College Football Analysis & Predictions

Written by on October 14, 2022

The 10th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will head to Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten Conference game. Here is the game preview for your NCAA Football bets.

Both teams are undefeated, as the Nittany Lions are a perfect 5-0 (2-0), while the Wolverines are 6-0 (3-0) thus far. Penn State is coming off of a bye week as they picked up a 17-7 home win over the Northwestern Wildcats in October, while Michigan played on Saturday and picked up a 31-10 road victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. 

Nittany Lions vs. Wolverines Week 7

Penn State Nittany Lions Content

The offense of the Penn State Nittany Lions has been doing pretty well for themselves, as they are averaging 34.4 points on 443.6 total yards per game this season. 

They un the ball for 192.6 rushing yards per game behind freshman running back Nicholas Singleton, who is averaging 7.3 rushing yards per carry with five rushing touchdowns thus far. Having an extra week to gameplan and rest up a bit will definitely be a plus for the program here. 

Their defense has been doing well for them, as they are allowing 14.8 points on 341.8 total yards per game. They have been giving up a lot of passing yards, as their pass defense is allowing 262 passing yards per game. 

This program has been doing very well at forcing mistakes, as the Nittany Lions have posted five interceptions, 41 pass deflections, six forced fumbles, and seven fumble recoveries heading into this game.   

Michigan Wolverines Content

The Michigan Wolverines have been taking advantage of a softer schedule and are playing extremely well. The offense has been electric, as they are scoring 43 points on 458.7 total yards per game. 

Junior running back Blake Corum has been one of the best running backs throughout the entire nation as he has recorded 118 rushing attempts for 735 yards (6.2 yards per attempt) with 11 rushing touchdowns thus far and a rushing touchdown in every game thus far.

They have been one of the best defenses in the entire sport, as they are giving up 11.3 points on 247 total yards against. They have been able to force a lot of pressure as they are tied with the fourth-most sacks as a team with 22. Teams struggle to move the ball as they are also fifth in NCAA in terms of points allowed and yards allowed per game. 

What are the Odds?

According to MyBookie Sportsbook, the Michigan Wolverines are currently a seven-point home favorite in this game against a conference foe.  

Who Should We Bet? 

This should be an exhilarating game, as these are two of the greatest teams in the entire nation. Looking at the previous few games, the defenses show the difference as Penn State is giving up 10.8 points per game in their last four games while Michigan is allowing 17 points per game in their previous three games. 

Senior quarterback Sean Clifford and sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy both have a 4:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his previous two games, so there is a wash under center. The favorite in this matchup has covered the spread in seven of their last eight games, so go with the Michigan Wolverines to win by more than a full possession in this matchup. 
 

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