Penn State has gotten off to a dominant start to the 2023 college football season, stopping Big 12 foe West Virginia and FCS opponent Delaware at home before opening Big Ten play with a 30-13 thumping of the Fighting Illini down in Champaign. Next up is a visit from the Iowa Hawkeyes, also 3-0, with a 10-point home win over Utah State, a seven-point win at Iowa State, and a 31-point rout of Western Michigan serving as the bullet points on their resume. Penn State is favored to beat one of the top teams in the Big Ten West by more than two touchdowns – can they pull it off? Don’t miss our NCAAF betting prediction for this possible preview of the Big Ten Championship between #24 Iowa vs #7 Penn State.
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When: Saturday, September 23, 2023, 7:30 pm ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: FuboTV
NCAAF Odds: Penn State -15 / O/U 40
Why should you bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?
Iowa lost the battle of total yardage in their Week 1 win over Utah State, 329-284, but their defense did not break as they only permitted 14 points. The Hawkeyes held the ball for 32:12 to win the time of possession battle. In Week 2, Iowa got by Iowa State in a rare win in the Cy-Hawk Trophy rivalry, and their offense was pedestrian once again, picking up just 235 total yards, including 123 through the air, and only nine first downs.
In Week 3, the Hawkeyes actually trailed Western Michigan, 7-0, after the first quarter, but they won the last three quarters by a combined score of 41-3. Quarterback Cade McNamara struggled with only 103 passing yards and two interceptions to go along with his two short scoring passes. Leshon Williams ran the ball a dozen times for 145 yards, and Kamari Moulton ran for 50 yards on eight carries and scored twice as the running game shouldered the weight for the offense. Iowa has lost five straight games ATS against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, but they have won 13 of their last 14 September contests.
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Why should you put your money on the Penn State Nittany Lions?
Penn State’s offense stacked up yards and points against West Virginia. The Nittany Lions gained 478 total yards, 332 through the air, and picked up 27 first downs while scoring 38 points. Against Delaware, the team ran for 315 yards and gained 541 on the day – and stacked up 34 first downs. The Week 3 win over Illinois saw the Nittany Lions score in all four quarters. Drew Allar went 16 of 33 for 208 yards, and Kaytron Allen ran for 54 yards and a touchdown. Nick Singleton caught three passes for 49 yards.
Penn State has a 14-game winning streak in September and a 10-game winning streak overall against the spread. In Big Ten play, Penn State has won the first quarter in their last four games, and they have won the first half in their last seven.
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Final Score and Prediction
This is a huge point spread given the quality of the Iowa defense. However, the Iowa offense is fairly one-dimensional, even with the arrival of McNamara through the transfer portal. The game plan focuses on the run to produce a slow, grinding rhythm. The problem is that teams with elite skill players can blow through this defense. I predict a final score of Penn State 30, Iowa 13.
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