Penn State Football vs. Central Michigan betting line, odds, injury report, prediction | College Football Week 4

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Penn State Football defensive end Adisa Isaac. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire)

No. 14 Penn State Football (3-0) returns home to Beaver Stadium, aiming to build momentum following last Saturday’s blowout victory over the Auburn Tigers, when the Nittany Lions host Central Michigan (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at noon. 

Head coach James Franklin’s team is ranked inside the top-15 for the first time this season, with the chance to build some momentum leading into the resumption of the Big Ten schedule, against the Chippewas.

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Here’s a full breakdown of what to expect in Saturday’s Penn State Football vs. Central Michigan game: 

Penn State Football Injury Report:

Theo Johnson, TE    Ques – Undisclosed

Smith Vilbert, DE      Ques – Undisclosed

Coziah Izzard, DE    Ques – Undisclosed

Jerry Cross, TE        Ques – Undisclosed

Zuriah Fisher, DE     Out Indefinitely – Knee


Central Michigan Injury Report:

Carlos Carriere WR            Ques – Teeth

Dallas Dixon WR                Out for Season – Upper Body

Betting Line: 

Penn State Football (-26) vs. Central Michigan

Penn State Football enters Saturday’s matchup as a 26-point favorite. The Nittany Lions are 3-0 ATS, while Central Michigan is 1-1-1 on the season.

Penn State Football Moneyline: -5000

Placing a $5000 bet on Penn State Football to knock off Central Michigan, straight up on the moneyline, would pay $100. The Nittany Lions won the lone meeting in 2005, picking up a 40-3 win.  

Penn State Football vs. Central Michigan over/under: 60.5

The over has hit in all three of Penn State’s games, while the Chippewas have hit the over in two of three.

Penn State Football vs. Central Michigan Prediction

The Nittany Lions are coming off of an emotional win at Auburn, so this game is primed for a slow start.

Meanwhile, the Chippewas have been a formidable opponent this season including a tough 58-44 loss to Top-10 Oklahoma State to start the season.

Expect this game to be closer in the first quarter, before the Nittany Lions take control late in the half and run away with it in the second.

Penn State Football should cover the 26.5 in this game, but the over is also a good play with the Chippewas offense proving it can score this season. The Nittany Lions are 3-0 against the spread and 3-0 with the over so this is becoming a trend that will need to be ridden until proven otherwise.

Prediction: Penn State 52  Central Michigan 17

Big Ten Pick of the Week:

Michigan (-16.5) vs. Maryland

Michigan has looked like an absolute buzz saw through a weak non-conference schedule and will get their first test this week with Maryland coming to the Big House. Lay the 16.5 points against the Terps as the talent level and environment will be too much for Mike Locksley’s squad.

Michigan should be taken in this game all the way up to 21 points. While Maryland has had a strong 3-0 start to the season, they haven’t faced a defense like Michigan.

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