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    At 7:30 PM ET on Saturday, the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) are at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0).

    The Nittany Lions are very heavy favorites (currently -14.5) in their matchup against the Hawkeyes, with the over/under being 41.5 points. (On the moneyline, the Nittany Lions are -677 and the Hawkeyes are +475.)

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    Game Info for Penn State vs. Iowa

    • Game Day: Saturday, September 23, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: CBS
    • Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
    • Stadium: Beaver Stadium
    Penn State vs Iowa Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Penn State -14.5 -110 -110 41.5 -110 -110 -677 +475

    Penn State Pick Insights

    • Penn State is a perfect 2-0-0 against the spread this season.
    • Penn State is 2-0 against the spread so far this season when playing as at least 14.5-point favorites.
    • Penn State has combined with its opponent to go over in one of two games with a set total (50%).

    Penn State Stats & Insights

    • Penn State ranks 26th in total offense this year (467.3 yards per game), but has been shining on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 16th-best in the FBS with 467.3 yards allowed per game.
    • Penn State has been making things happen on both sides of the ball this season, as they rank 14th-best in scoring offense (43.7 points per game) and 13th-best in scoring defense (11.7 points allowed per game).
    • Penn State owns the 50th-ranked offense this year in terms of passing yards (259 passing yards per game), and has been better on the other side of the ball, ranking 21st-best with just 170.7 passing yards allowed per game.
    • On the offensive side of the ball, Penn State has been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking 22nd-best in the FBS by totaling 208.3 per game. The Nittany Lions rank 34th on defense (96.7 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • Penn State ranks 56th in third-down conversion rate this year (43.9%), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 16th-best in the FBS with a 29.3% third-down percentage allowed.
    • Penn State has forced seven total turnovers (10th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over zero times (first in the FBS) for a turnover margin of +7, the third-best in college football.

    Penn State’s Best Players

    • Drew Allar has compiled 737 yards (245.7 ypg) on 59-of-88 passing with four touchdowns compared to zero interceptions this season. In addition, he’s added 52 rushing yards (17.3 ypg) on 15 carries while scoring one touchdown on the ground.
    • The team’s top rusher, Kaytron Allen, has carried the ball 42 times for 208 yards (69.3 per game), scoring two times.
    • Nicholas Singleton has carried the ball 36 times for 154 yards (51.3 per game) and five touchdowns while also racking up 68 yards through the air.
    • KeAndre Lambert-Smith’s team-high 220 yards as a receiver have come on 13 catches (out of 17 targets) with two touchdowns.
    • Harrison Wallace III has put up a 98-yard season so far, reeling in 10 passes on 11 targets.
    • Tyler Warren’s 10 catches have yielded 81 yards and two touchdowns.
    • Coziah Izzard has two sacks to lead the team, and also has two TFL.
    • Curtis Jacobs, Penn State’s tackle leader, has 11 tackles, one TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Dominic DeLuca has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has three tackles, one TFL, one sack, and one pass defended to his name.

    Iowa Betting Insights

    • Iowa has covered the spread twice in three opportunities this year.
    • Out of Iowa’s three games with a set total, one has hit the over (33.3%).

    Iowa Pick Insights

    • Iowa’s offense has been bottom-25 in total offense this season, generating 302 total yards per game, which ranks 13th-worst in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, it ranks 31st with 286 total yards surrendered per contest.
    • Iowa’s defensive unit has been paving the way for the team, as it ranks 18th-best in the FBS with 12.3 points conceded per game. In terms of offense, it is posting 28.3 points per game, which ranks 74th.
    • Iowa’s passing game has been sputtering, ranking 12th-worst in the FBS with 150.7 passing yards per game. It has been more effective on defense, surrendering 179.3 passing yards per contest (32nd-ranked).
    • Iowa ranks 73rd in the FBS with 151.3 rushing yards per contest on offense, and it ranks 41st with 106.7 rushing yards ceded per game on defense.
    • With a 34.9% third-down conversion percentage on offense, Iowa ranks 104th in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 38th, giving up a 33.3% third-down rate.
    • At 0, Iowa sports the 59th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with three forced turnovers (82nd in the FBS) and three turnovers committed (32nd in the FBS).

    Iowa’s Best Players

    • Cade McNamara has 417 passing yards, or 139 per game, so far this season. He has completed 53.5% of his passes and has recorded four touchdowns with three interceptions.
    • Leshon Williams is his team’s leading rusher with 19 carries for 164 yards, or 54.7 per game.
    • Jaziun Patterson has run for 104 yards across 21 carries, scoring one touchdown.
    • Luke Lachey’s 131 receiving yards (43.7 yards per game) are best on his team. He has 10 catches on 17 targets.
    • Erick All has put together an 81-yard season so far with one touchdown. He’s caught seven passes on nine targets.
    • Seth Anderson has racked up 68 reciving yards (22.7 ypg) and one touchdown this season.
    • Deontae Craig has one sack to pace the team, and also has one TFL and six tackles.
    • Jay Higgins, Iowa’s tackle leader, has 25 tackles this year.
    • Xavier Nwankpa has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has five tackles and one pass defended to his name.
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