Auburn vs. Penn State Week 3 Prediction

Auburn vs. Penn State, 9/18/2021 College Football Week 3 Betting Predictions

The SEC will battle the Big Ten on Saturday night when No. 22 Auburn takes on No. 10 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the Nittany Lions listed as 5-point home favorites and the total sitting at 52.5, what’s the best bet when it comes to this matchup?

Game Snapshot

181 Auburn Tigers (+5) at 182 Penn State Nittany Lions (-5); o/u 52.5

7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 18, 20201

Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

TV: ABC

Auburn Tigers Game Notes

Auburn sophomore QB Bo Nix completed 20-of-22 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 60-10 rout of Akron. Nix (6'3/214) also rushed three times for 32 yards, and he was mostly untouched in this tune-up game laugher. The three touchdown passes tied a career high which he also accomplished Oct. 19, 2019 at Arkansas, and last season on Oct. 31 against LSU. It won't get any more difficult for the Tigers, as they welcome Alabama State of the FCS to the Plains next weekend. Expect more eye-popping numbers for Nix, as he looks to build confidence ahead of a road trip to Penn State Sept. 18.

Penn State Nittany Lions Game Notes

Dan Patrick reports that Penn State HC James Franklin and USC have mutual interest for the Trojans' head coaching vacancy. With USC mercifully ending the Clay Helton era who was in the midst of his seventh season in SoCal and sports a 12-16 record against top-25 teams during his tenure. USC's last three head coaching hires have collectively resulted in a decade of underperformance from the Trojans' football team. From firing Lane Kiffin on the tarmac following an egregious loss in 2013, to Steve Sarkisian's substance abuse issues and now the ill-fated Clay Helton era, USC desperately needs to make the right HC hire this time. For his part, Franklin just received a six-year contract extension form PSU last year, so he's far from a lame duck in Happy Valley. As is to be expected when a high-profile program fires it's coach a mere two games into the season, the rumor mill will be in full effect until an official announcement is made.

Auburn vs. Penn State Week 3 Betting Prediction

The Tigers are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games versus Big Ten opponents, are 1-5 against the number in their last six games versus an opponent with a winning record and are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games as a road underdog. The Nittany Lions are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games overall, are 8-1 against the number in their last eight games in September and are 22-10-2 ATS in their last 24 games versus an opponent with a winning record.

College Football Week 3 Prediction: PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS -5

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