Teams will try to bounce back from recent losses when the Penn State Nittany Lions host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have fallen in their last two games after running into a pair of tough defenses while Penn State was unable to hand Michigan its first loss of the season. Both will be looking to get back in the win column, but Vegas college football odds heavily favor the Nittany Lions.
Rutgers Hits Trouble
The Scarlet Knights dropped their last two games after their offense struggled to score in losses to Ohio State and Iowa.
Although Rutgers averaged 29 points and 305 total yards a game in wins against Michigan State and Indiana, defenses in the bottom four of the Big Ten, it struggled against tougher opponents in Ohio State and Iowa.
With both finishing in the top three in the nation in points allowed, the Knights averaged eight points and 244 total yards a game, getting shut out against Iowa after they managed just seven first downs all game.
Rutgers will aim to get its offense back on track against Penn State, but against another strong defense, bettors may want to make a college football pick on the Knights struggling once again.
Penn State Falls Short
The Nittany Lions fell short against the undefeated Wolverines after their offense couldn’t quite overcome Michigan’s strong defense.
Despite Penn State’s offense struggling against the Wolverines, its defense had another solid day as it held Michigan, which averages 39 points and 410.5 total yards, to 24 points and 287 yards.
Penn State’s defense has been dominant all season, allowing 16.6 points and 268.8 total yards a game in its last five games while turning teams over a combined eight times in that time as well.
Penn State is fourth in the nation, giving up 13.1 points a game, and it should be a strong college football pick for another big game defensively against Rutgers.
Rutgers vs Penn State Best Bet
With the sportsbook heavily favoring the Lions by 20½ points at home on Saturday, bettors may want to find value elsewhere, looking at betting the total instead. College football lines have the over/under at 41 ½ points, and despite the smaller total, the teams should still stay under it.
Penn State’s defense has continued to be dominant this season, even against tougher offenses. Rutgers, meanwhile, has struggled against strong defenses, and should find difficulty scoring against the Nittany Lions.
While Penn State’s offense has been solid, Rutgers is also sixth in the Big Ten, giving up 18.3 points a game. Although Penn State should be able to find the end zone enough to win comfortably, it likely won’t be able to run up the score enough to combine with Rutgers to go over the total.
College Football Pick: Under 41½ points (-110)
Rutgers vs Penn Betting Lines
Rutgers vs Penn State Game Information
- Game: Rutgers (6-4) vs Penn State (8-2)
- Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
- Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 18, 12 p.m. ET
- Rutgers vs Penn State Live Stream: ESPN
Questions Of The Day
How many touchdowns will be scored in the Rutgers vs Penn State game?
There may be four to five touchdowns scored in the game.
What prop bets offer the best value for the Rutgers vs Penn State matchup?
Betting on Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt struggling once again against Penn State.