Two undefeated teams clash this weekend as the Penn State Nittany Lions head to Iowa to face the Iowa Hawkeyes. Week 6 is packed with some of the most exciting contests, and this one is up there with the very best.
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Penn State vs. Iowa Game Information
- When: Saturday, October 9, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
- TV: FOX
- Radio: CBS SPORTS RADIO 96.5 (Penn State) / 100.7 The Fox (Iowa)
- Live Stream: FOX Sports Live
- College Football Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions (+2.0) / Iowa Hawkeyes (-2.0)
Why Bet on the Penn State Nitanny Lions?
Penn State opened their season with a nail-biter 16-10 win against Wisconsin. Since then, the team cruised to a five-game winning streak. In their most recent outing, the team held the Indiana Hoosiers scoreless, winning the game 24-0.
Although Sean Clifford did not play his best game for the Nittany Lions in Week 5, he managed to record 178 yards on 17-of-33 passing, including 3 touchdowns and an interception. Meanwhile, Jahan Dotson had a team-high 84 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in 8 receptions. Brenton Strange added another touchdown after 10 yards and 1 reception.
It was a productive day for the Nittany Lions’ rushing play after ending the game with 209 yards–140 more yards than their opponents. Keyvone Lee led the side with 74 yards on 8 carries, while Sean Clifford was second-best with 58 rushing yards and 10 carries. Additionally, John Lovett and Noah Cain combined for 64 yards and 21 receptions. If Penn State can utilize this part of the ball game, they can put more pressure on the Hawkeyes’ defense.
On defense, it was P.J. Mustipher who came out on top after landing 6 tackles (4 solo). Arnold Ebiketie and Brandon Smith found 1 sack and 2 solo tackles each, while Joey Porter Jr. and Ji’Ayir Brown won an interception as well as 2 solo tackles apiece.
As for the lineup, only Sal Wormley has been on the questionable list for four weeks and might stretch to five due to an unknown issue. The starting lineup remains significantly healthy and promises to give us an interesting matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Why Bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?
The Iowa Hawkeyes are on a roll with five straight wins and the top spot in the Big Ten – West. In Week 5, the team demolished the Maryland Terrapins 51-14 and scored an incredible 31 points in the second quarter. In their winning efforts, Spencer Petras led the team to victory after throwing for 259 yards on 21-of-30 passing. In the process, the quarterback managed to find the end zone three times.
On the receiving end, Tyler Goodson found success and recorded a team-high 85 yards and 1 touchdown on 2 receptions. Arland Bruize IV and Tyrone Tracy Jr. combined for 50 yards and a touchdown each.
The rushing play worked well for Iowa that night, and we anticipate head coach Kirk Ferentz utilizing his team’s talent in this department. In 145 total rushing yards, Tyler Goodson contributed 66 yards on 19 carries, while Ivory Kelly-Martin was behind him with 62 yards on 8 carries. Spencer Petras was held to negative rushing yards (-15) on four carries but made up for his errors by scoring two touchdowns.
Previewing the defense, it was a field day for the Hawkeyes as they documented 6 interceptions. Leading the unit was Riley Moss with 5 solo tackles and an interception, closely followed by Kaevon Merriweather and Terry Roberts. The aforementioned found 4 and 3 solo tackles, respectively, and contributed 1 interception each. Furthermore, Jack Koerner, Quinn Schulte, and Dane Belton are the three other players who set up an interception and combined for 4 solo tackles.
Defensive guard Ethan Hurkett remains out indefinitely due to a leg injury he sustained in September. Nonetheless, we look forward to watching a healthy Hawkeyes squad taking on the Nittany Lions this Saturday.
Penn State vs. Iowa Betting Trends
- Penn State is 7-3 in its last 10 away games.
- Penn State is 6-4 against Iowa in its last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over in 4 of Penn State’s last 10 games.
- Iowa is 9-1 in its last 10 home games.
- Iowa is 1-4 against Penn State in its last 5 games.
- The totals have gone under in 5 of Iowa’s last 5 home games.
Penn State vs. Iowa Expert Betting Predictions
Iowa looks to be the safer pick of the two thanks to a more consistent lineup and hole-field advantage. Both teams are coming from dominant performances, documenting over 400 total yards each. Penn State can threaten to cover the spread and even take the win if Iowa put its guards down. Having a well-balanced and methodical strategy they displayed in their previous contest can help them overcome the challenge. Ultimately, this should be an interesting matchup for football and betting fans.
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