Play the Total for Penn State vs. Rutgers NCAAF Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, September 12, 2014 12:32 PM GMT

Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 12:32 PM GMT

College football bettors should be aware that the Penn State Nittany Lions & Rutgers Scarlet Knights have two of the best signal-callers in the Big Ten Conference, which will lead to a high-scoring affair Saturday night.

Bowl Eligible 
Penn State is 2-0 SUATS through two weeks of the 2014 campaign, but first-year head coach James Franklin received some even better news just a few days ago, as the program has even more to play for after its NCAA postseason sanctions were repealed.

The Nittany Lions are a dominating 22-2 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, which is important to consider when making your Week 3 College Football picks, including a 9-0 mark when playing on the road.

It’s important to point out that Franklin put together a 3-3 SUATS record as a road favorite during his three years as Vanderbilt’s front man.

 

Perfection in September
Rutgers has won its first two games despite losing the statistical battle in each affair, including a 38-25 victory over Howard as 38-point home favorites last Saturday, while going 'over' the total in each contest.

The Scarlet Knights will be making their Big Ten debut, which can’t be ignored when looking over the College Football odds, but they’ve won all eight of their games in September under head coach Kyle Flood since he arrived on campus.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 4-6 SU and 7-3 ATS as underdogs, with the 'under' going 6-4 in that situation.

 

Hackenberg
Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg is one of the best players in the country, as he paces the conference in throwing for 773 yards in his first two games—breaking the school record for passing yards in consecutive affairs.

The sophomore has completed 54-of-83 passes, with DaeSean Hamilton accounting for 18 receptions, while Eugene Lewis has hauled in 14 catches.

College football handicappers still need to realize that the team has gone 9-12 in its 21 Big Ten openers—averaging just 21.1 points per game.

 

Super-Nova
Gary Nova ranks 10th among active Division I quarterbacks with 6,970 career passing yards, while Rutgers has won 17 of his 21 starts when he throws one or zero interceptions.

The senior is flourishing under first-year offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen—completing 67.4 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns and just a single interception.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total at Pinnacle as one of their Week 3 College Football Picks, as both quarterbacks have the opportunity to put up gaudy numbers in this matchup, especially with Franklin and Friedgen having coaching ties that go back to their days at Maryland.

It’s important to keep an eye on the weather forecast, as a 40 percent chance of rain showers is expected throughout the game, but winds are expected to be calm.

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