College Football Betting – San Diego State vs Penn State

San Diego State Aztecs at Penn State Nittany Lions (-15)

The running game showed up in a big way for the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1, 2-0 Home) putting up over 300 yards in a lopsided 28-3 win over Rutgers. Freshman RB Saquon Barkley will try to stay hot this Saturday when the suddenly surging squad hosts the struggling San Diego State Aztecs (1-2, 0-1 Away) at Beaver Stadium (3:30 PM Eastern).

Barkley was the star in the win over Rutgers, piling up 195 yards and two scores on 21 carries. His superhuman effort helped the Nittanies cover as ten-point favorites. He wasn’t the only member of the Penn State backfield to have a big day, though; junior tailback Akeel Lynch had 120 yards and one touchdown of his own on just ten carries.

“I think Saquon Barkley has brought something to our offense. I think him and Akeel are a nice one-two punch right now,” Penn State coach James Franklin told the Associated Press after the game.

The Nittanies can largely credit the o-line for their modest two-game win streak. After dropping their opening game in embarrassing fashion – by giving up ten sacks to a mediocre Temple squad – the unit has responded by keeping QB Christian Hackenberg upright for 120 minutes straight.

The Aztecs, on the other hand, have struggled over their last two games, losing 35-7 to the Cal Golden Bears and 34-27 (OT) to the South Alabama Jaguars. Those setbacks game after a dominant 37-3 win over the rival San Diego Toreros in Week 1.

The loss to the Jaguars was particularly painful. The Aztecs were 17.5-points favorites and held a 27-24 lead with 2:05 left in regulation. But they gave up a 71-yard TD drive in the dying minutes to fall to 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS on the year. They may be hard-pressed to get their first ATS win of the season this week, too – despite having 15 points to work with; Penn State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight non-conference games.

Pick:  Penn State (-15).

(Photo credit: Ben Stanfield (flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode]. Photo has been cropped.)

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.

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