No. 11 Penn State Football (8-2) travels to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights (4-6) in a Big Ten East contest that could propel the Nittany Lions closer to a New Year’s Six Bowl berth.
PSU checks in at No. 11 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, as the Committee continues to give plenty of respect to James Franklin’s team, whose only two defeats this season came against top-ranked foes Michigan and Ohio State.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know for No. 11 Penn State Football vs. Rutgers on Saturday:
Penn State Injury Report
Joey Porter Jr. CB Ques – Appendicitis
Smith Vilbert DE Ques – Undisclosed
Keyvone Lee RB Ques – Undisclosed
Landon Tengwall OL Out for Season
Jerry Cross TE Ques – Undisclosed
Zuriah Fisher DE Out Indefinitely – Knee
Rutgers Injury Report
Kessawn Abraham DB Ques – Undisclosed
Joshua Youngblood WR Ques – Undisclosed
Victor Konopka TE Ques – Undisclosed
Robert Longerbeam WR Ques – Undisclosed
Samuel Brown V RB Out for Season – Undisclosed
Penn State Football (-19) vs. Rutgers
Penn State enters Saturday’s matchup as a 19-point favorite. Penn State is 7-3 ATS, while Rutgers is 5-4-1 this season.
Penn State Football Moneyline: -1200
Placing a $1200 bet on Penn State Football to knock off Rutgers, straight up on the moneyline, would pay $100. Penn State leads the all-time series 30-2 and have won the last 15 matchups dating back to 1989.
Penn State Football vs. Rutgers over/under: 45
The total has gone over in 7 out of 10 games this season for Penn State. The total has gone over in 5 of 10 for Rutgers.
Picks for the Week:
Another trip to Piscataway means another stadium takeover by Penn State fans in the New York/New Jersey area.
While it won’t be as blatant as a Penn state Football vs. Maryland matchup, expect plenty of fans wearing white.
Historically this game has not been close.
Rutgers has only beaten Penn State twice in the 32-game history of this matchup, one took place in the first ever meeting in 1918, while the other was in 1989. Penn State has outscored Rutgers 213-32 under James Franklin and expect that total to be widened this Saturday.
The over 45 is the easiest play of the day, and you can expect Penn State to score at least 30 on their own and possibly get into the 40s.
I would lean on Penn State -19 as they could quite easily win this game by 3 touchdowns.
Prediction: Penn State 44 Rutgers 10
Big Ten Pick of the Week:
Minnesota (-3) vs Iowa 4:00 pm/FOX
This will essentially be an elimination game for who will represent the west division in the conference championship game.
There is currently a 4 way tie between Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota all with a 4-3 conference record.
While Iowa’s offense has been scoring a few more points the past few weeks, I believe that ends on Saturday against a tough Gopher defense. Take Minnesota minus the points at home in the annual Floyd of Rosedale trophy game.
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