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Iowa Penn State Betting – Penn State Welcomes Hawkeyes For Big Ten Clash

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/6/2011 6:13:27 PM

In a year where the Big Ten appears to be wide open, the pressure is on a couple of potential contenders to come up with a big effort as the Iowa Hawkeyes clash with the Penn State Nitany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Both teams have just one loss, as Penn State is the Hawkeyes’ first conference opponent. While Iowa would like to open their Big Ten schedule with a statement win on the road, this game is even more crucial to the Nitany Lion’s chances of succeeding this sports betting year.

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Penn State Nitany Lions

Saturday October 8, 2011 – 3:30 PM ET
Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
College Football Betting Line: Penn State – 3.5

While the Hawkeyes also get Nebraska on the road this season, Penn State will have to play both Wisconsin and Ohio State on the road, so these home games are even more important. The Nittany Lions have won three straight including two on the road, and will now look to carry over that momentum into a game against an opponent that has dominated them head-to-head over the years.

College Football Betting Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes had last week off, and come in to this game well rested after having 13 days to gameplan against an opponent that they have won eight of their last nine against. Penn State hasn’t been able to move the ball through the air, so if Iowa can stuff the run and force them to throw, that could give them a decided advantage. While the Nittany Lions have struggled with their passing game, the same cannot be said about a Hawkeyes’ team that ranks 28th in the nation in that category, with junior James Vandenberg registering 1,095 yards and 10 touchdowns compared to just one interception through four games.

College Football Betting Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

The Penn State passing game is so brutal that the coaching staff has now turned to the quarterback tandem of Robert Bolden and Matthew McGloin to spit time under center, which shows they aren’t very confident in either. While the Nittany Lions have done a good job defensively against inferior opponents, they showed against Alabama that if they do fall behind early, they don’t have the weapons to come back. Without a star presence in the passing game, teams have been able to stack the box and slow down Silas Redd and the rushing attack, and it should be no different this sportsbook promo week.

College Football Betting Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

Regardless of where they are playing, the Nittany Lions do not deserve to be the favorites in this matchup until they prove that they can overcome an opponent that has overwhelmed them over the year. The quarterback tandem of Bolden and McGloin won’t scare anyone in the Big Ten this year, and that leaves Penn State vulnerable in any important conference matchups.

College Football Betting Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes

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