Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Open With a Surprising Line at Indiana
Penn State opens the new week with a surprising line on the road at Indiana.
Riding great momentum heading into a road game with the Indiana Hoosiers, the Penn State Nittany Lions have opened the week as the favorite. Despite a history of road struggles under James Franklin, the Nittany Lions won two weeks ago at Purdue and have been playing great football.
Thanks to a five-game win steak, it’s not surprising that the Nittany Lions are favored. However, the number itself is what is a bit of a shocker. After putting up 62 points at Purdue and 41 points against Iowa, they have shown an ability to light up the scoreboard. Still, the opening line doesn’t seem to be expecting a huge day from the Nittany Lions.
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Current odds in Vegas list Penn State as a single-digit favorite. The line opened at five points in favor of Penn State.
Although anything can happen in college football, the current number seems a bit low given Penn State’s recent play.
The Nittany Lions are riding a five-game win streak, including a huge upset of then- No. 2 Ohio State.
Running back Saquon Barkley leads a very potent rushing attack and is capable of making a huge play each time he touches the ball. Barkley has also developed into a dangerous receiver, adding yet another level of production to the high-powered Nittany Lion offense.
Quarterback Trace McSorley has been making plays each week and brings a new dimension to the offense with his ability to escape pressure when the protection breaks down.
A once decimated defense has gotten healthy and suddenly looks like a very impressive unit.
Indiana enters the contest with a two-game win streak and an overall record of 5-4. The Hoosiers have a very dangerous passing attack led by quarterback Richard Lagow.
The Nittany Lions lead the overall series with the Hoosiers 18-1, but suffered a loss in Bloomington in 2011.