The 2021 college football season has featured several appetizing non-conference matchups, but none might be able to match the atmosphere sure to be present when No. 22 Auburn travels to State College to face No. 10 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 0-5 in their last five games against SEC opponents, but James Franklin’s squad appears to be ready to contend for the Big Ten title this season.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Auburn: 11 overall, 20 offense, 10 defense
Penn State: 7 overall, 16 offense, 5 defense
WR Tar’Varish Dawson Jr. - is questionable (unknown)
RB John Lovett - is questionable (unknown)
OL Sal Wormley - is questionable (unknown)
CB Keaton Ellis - is questionable (unknown)
DT Hakeem Beamon - is questionable (unknown)
Against The Spread
Auburn: 2-0 ATS
Penn State: 2-0 ATS
Auburn: Over 2-0
Penn State: Over 0-2
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Auburn: 17 overall, 18 offense, 16 defense
Penn State: 13 overall, 14 offense, 10 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Penn State -5
Moneyline: Auburn +170, Penn State -200
Opening line: Penn State -6.5
Opening total: 53
73 degrees, 5 mph wind, 5 percent chance of rain
Penn State moneyline (-200)
Both teams enter this game with strong defenses and experienced quarterbacks. Bo Nix has been in bigger games with Auburn in the last few seasons, but Sean Clifford is the superior player on talent. The atmosphere is definitely going to play a factor here, with Beaver Stadium expected to be at full capacity. With Franklin’s name being thrown around for the USC job, watch for the Nittany Lions to put on an impressive showing and take down the Tigers in a result sure to have College Football Playoff implications. It’ll be close, but Penn State ultimately prevails at home.
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