The Penn State Nittany Lions enter the important Week 2 matchup in Pittsburgh as underdogs.
After being favored by 21 points in last week’s home win against Kent State, Penn State finds itself as the underdog this week. Pittsburgh has been the favorite since the summer when early lines opened for this game, but the Nittany Lions have closed the gap.
Current lines in Vegas have the Panthers favored by six points in the game.
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Both teams are coming off of Week 1 wins against lesser opponents. The Nittany Lions struggled to start, but ended up defeating Kent State 33-13. Pittsburgh had an easy time with FCS opponent, winning 28-7.
The new-look offense of the Nittany Lions didn’t exactly live up to expectations. However, it’s possible that offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead likely didn’t want to show all of his cards in the first week.
New quarterback Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and running back Saquon Barkley rushed for a score in the win over Kent State.
Pittsburgh got a solid performance from start running back James Conner in his return from injury. Senior quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Villanova.
The two schools used to meet in a yearly rivalry game, but have not played each other since the 2000 season. Pittsburgh won that game, but the Nittany Lions hold the overall lead.
Heinz Field is sure to be rocking come Saturday. Although, it may not exactly be in favor of the home team. Penn State is expected to have a huge crowd make the trip to Pittsburgh, meaning that blue and white should be prevalent in the stadium.