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2018 Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Odds

NCAA Football Betting: The roar is back in Happy Valley and the Penn State Nittany Lions are ready to contend for the Big Ten title in 2018. The production from Saquon Barkley needs to be replaced, but James Franklin has plenty of talent to work with after winning 11 games for the second straight season. Back to back losses to Ohio State and Michigan State by a combined four points were the only blemishes on the 2017 slate, leaving many to wonder what might have been. Even without the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Penn State has weapons on offense. But the defense must regroup after losing a number of starters, and if it can the Nittany Lions will be right near the top.

2018 Penn State Nittany Lions at a Glance

Nittany Lions National Championship Odds: +1925

Nittany Lions Odds To Win Big Ten: +488

Nittany Lions Regular Season Win Total: 9.5

Another 11-win season has put the scandal that rocked the program behind the Nittany Lions. But they must continue the work Franklin has done without the services of Barkley, who earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors by scoring 21 touchdowns. The return of quarterback Trace McSorley, who led the conference with 274.6 passing yards per game last season, will certainly help the group continue to churn out the yards and points.

Finding a replacement for Barkley isn’t going to be easy. Miles Sanders averaged 6.2 yards per carry last season in limited attempts and will compete for reps in the backfield with Mark Allen, Johnathan Thomas and Journey Brown in a running back-by-committee approach, at least at the start of the season. Even with Barkley the Lions ranked 59th in the FBS in rushing in 2017, so there is room for improvement. Juwan Johnson gives McSorley a big target to throw to. The 6-4 wideout placed second on the team with 54 catches for 701 yards last season.

Just how good the Lions are going to be in 2018 depends on the growth of a defensive unit that lost nine starters from last year. The middle of the group needs to be rebuilt with new tackles up front and linebackers. Several freshmen are competing for playing time and how quickly they grow up will tell us a lot about the club. There is a potential superstar at end in Shareef Miller, who led the team with 5.0 sacks last season. John Reid, who started at corner in 2016, is back after missing last season with an injury and will help solidify the secondary.

2018 Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Schedule

Week 1: Penn State vs. Appalachian State, Saturday, September 1

Week 2: Penn State at Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 8

Week 3: Penn State vs. Kent State, Saturday, September 15

Week 4: Penn State at Illinois, Friday, September 21

Week 5: Penn State vs. Ohio State, Saturday, September 29

Week 6: OFF

Week 7: Penn State vs. Michigan State, Saturday, October 13

Week 8: Penn State at Indiana, Saturday, October 20

Week 9: Penn State vs. Iowa, Saturday, October 27

Week 10: Penn State at Michigan, Saturday, November 3

Week 11: Penn State vs. Wisconsin, Saturday, November 10

Week 12: Penn State at Rutgers, Saturday, November 17

Week 13: Penn State vs. Maryland, Saturday, November 24

List of Penn State Nittany Lions Seasons

YEAR RECORD BOWL GAME
2017 11-2 W – Fiesta Bowl
2016 11-3 L – Rose Bowl
2015 7-6 L – TaxSlayer Bowl
2014 7-6 W – Pinstripe Bowl
2013 7-5  
2012 8-4  
2011 9-4 L – Ticket City Bowl
2010 7-6 L – Outback Bowl
2009 11-2 W – Capital One Bowl
2008 11-2 L – Rose Bowl
2007 9-4 W – Alamo Bowl
2006 9-4 W – Outback Bowl
2005 11-1 W – Orange Bowl
2004 4-7  
2003 3-9  
2002 9-4 L – Capital One Bowl
2001 5-6  
2000 5-7  
1999 10-3 W – Alamo Bowl
1998 9-3 W – Outback Bowl
1997 9-3 L – Citrus Bowl
1996 11-2 W – Fiesta Bowl
1995 9-3 W – Hall of Fame Bowl
1994 12-0 W – Rose Bowl
1993 10-2 W – Citrus Bowl
1992 7-5 L – Blockbuster Bowl
1991 11-2 W – Fiesta Bowl
1990 9-3 L – Blockbuster Bowl
1989 8-3-1 W – Holiday Bowl
1988 5-6  
1987 8-4 L – Citrus Bowl
1986 12-0 W – Fiesta Bowl
1985 11-1 L – Orange Bowl
1984 6-5  
1983 8-4-1 W – Aloha Bowl
1982 11-1 W – Sugar Bowl
1981 10-2 W – Fiesta Bowl
1980 10-2 W – Fiesta Bowl
1979 8-4 W – Liberty Bowl
1978 11-1 L – Sugar Bowl
1977 11-1 W – Fiesta Bowl
1976 7-5 L – Gator Bowl
1975 9-3 L – Sugar Bowl
1974 10-2 W – Cotton Bowl
1973 12-0 W – Orange Bowl
1972 10-2 L – Sugar Bowl
1971 11-1 W – Cotton Bowl
1970 7-3  
1969 11-0 W – Orange Bowl
1968 11-0 W – Orange Bowl
1967 8-2-1 T – Gator Bowl
1966 5-5  
1965 5-5  
1964 6-4  
1963 7-3  
1962 9-2 L – Gator Bowl
1961 8-3 W – Gator Bowl
1960 7-3 W – Liberty Bowl
1959 9-2 W – Liberty Bowl
1958 6-3-1  
1957 6-3  
1956 6-2-1  
1955 5-4  
1954 7-2  
1953 6-3  
1952 7-2-1  
1951 5-4  
1950 5-3-1  
1949 5-4  
1948 7-1-1  
1947 9-0-1 T – Cotton Bowl
1946 6-2  
1945 5-3  
1944 6-3  
1943 5-3-1  
1942 6-1-1  
1941 7-2  
1940 6-1-1  
1939 5-1-2  
1938 3-4-1  
1937 5-3  
1936 3-5  
1935 4-4  
1934 4-4  
1933 3-3-1  
1932 2-5  
1931 2-8  
1930 3-4-2  
1929 6-3  
1928 3-5-1  
1927 6-2-1  
1926 5-4  
1925 4-4-1  
1924 6-3-1  
1923 6-2-1  
1922 6-4-1 L – Rose Bowl
1921 8-0-2  
1920 7-0-2  
1919 7-1  
1918 1-2-1  
1917 5-4  
1916 8-2  
1915 7-2  
1914 5-3-1  
1913 2-6  
1912 8-0  
1911 8-0-1  
1910 5-2-1  
1909 5-0-2  
1908 5-5  
1907 6-4  
1906 8-1-1  
1905 8-3  
1904 6-4  
1903 5-3  
1902 7-3  
1901 5-3  
1900 4-6-1  

Notre Dame is perhaps the most iconic and one of the most successful college football programs. The Fighting Irish have been recognized for 13 national championships by the NCAA and produced a record seven Heisman Trophy winners. NBC has televised Fighting Irish home games since 1991, the only school to have such a deal.

The game dates back to the late 1800s at Notre Dame, but the Irish didn’t enter the national consciousness until 1918 when Knute Rockne, at the age of 30, was named coach. During his 13 seasons the Irish went 105-12-5 with five undefeated seasons and three national championships. Notre Dame earned its first title in 1919 by going 9-0. Another national championship followed in 1924 when the Irish went 10-0 and won the Rose Bowl. Rockne’s coaching career ended with back-to-back unbeaten seasons and national championships in 1929 and 1930.

Success followed the program. The Irish claimed four national championships in the 1940s under Frank Leahy and returned to the pinnacle of college football in 1966 under Ara Parseghian. The Irish would produce their ninth unbeaten and untied season in 1973, claiming another national title. Another would follow under Dan Devine in 1977, but it would take Lou Holtz to revive the program after several forgettable seasons under Gerry Faust. Holtz would engineer Notre Dame’s last perfect season and national championship in 1988.

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