Penn State vs. Northwestern NCAA Football Week 5 Odds

Penn State vs. Northwestern College Football Betting

Penn State Nittany Lions College Football Betting

For most of his tenure, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has been heralded as one of the best. Coach Fitz is celebrated as the ultimate Northwestern man and perfect fit. Fitz played for the Wildcats in their 1995 Rose Bowl season. And he was an All-American linebacker for Northwestern. Since taking over as coach, he has improved the program, its brand, and its facilities. Northwestern practices in a palatial indoor facility on the beaches of Lake Michigan. With outdoor fields located there as well. Known as the Fitz Carlton, it is touted as world-class. However, the Wildcats' results have not been on that level in 2022.

NCAA Football Week 5 Betting Odds

Northwestern Wildcats +26.5

Penn State Nittany Lions -26.5

Penn State Nittany Lions Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference will host the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference. Kickoff time at 3:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.

This matchup looks like a difficult spot for Northwestern. The Wildcats have been alarmingly bad in losses to Duke and Southern Illinois. Northwestern almost always has a popgun offense. And relies on defense for its success. However, that usually reliable defense has been missing for too many chunks of time. Now comes a difficult home game against the resurgent Nittany Lions.

Penn State has a polish that has been missing for the past few seasons. Thus, the public is willing to make the lay on the power home favorite. At the same time, Wise Guys must determine if Northwestern has enough to cover the big line.

Last game, the Northwestern Wildcats lost 17-14 against the Miami-OH Redhawks as 7.5-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 49.5. Northwestern has a record of 1-3 straight up, 1-3 against the spread, and 1-3 over/under the total. Northwestern ranks 49th for total offense, 20th for passing, 89th for rushing, and 105th for scoring.

Defensively they rank 82nd overall, 73rd against the pass, 91st against the rush, and 82nd for points allowed. Also, Northwestern ranks 129th for fewest turnovers lost and 48th for takeaways.

Graham Nicholson kicked a tiebreaking 36-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in regulation, and Miami rallied late to stun Northwestern on Saturday. It was the first win for the RedHawks against a Big Ten team since it beat Northwestern 44-14 in 2003. Nicholson hit the upright on a previous field-goal attempt and had another blocked. His game-winner capped a 13-play, 58-yard drive.

It was Northwestern's third straight loss and second shocking one at home, following a 31-24 setback to Southern Illinois last week.

Miami tied it at 14 with 7:23 left in the fourth when quarterback Aveon Smith scored on a keeper. Keyon Mozee set up the touchdown after he broke free for a 66-yard run, reaching the Northwestern 1-yard line before being forced out of bounds. Mozee led all rushers with 171 yards on 21 carries.

Penn State Nittany Lions Weekly Recap

Last game, the Penn State Nittany Lions won 33-14 against the Central Michigan Chippewas as 28-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 61. Penn State has a record of 4-0 straight up, 3-1 against the spread, and 3-1 over/under the total. Penn State ranks 33rd for total offense, 36th for passing, 45th for rushing, and 30th for scoring.

Defensively they rank 64th overall, 109th against the pass, 22nd against the rush, and 23rd for points allowed. Also, Penn State ranks 4th for fewest turnovers lost and 50th for takeaways.

Sean Clifford completed 22 of 34 passes for 217 yards and accounted for four touchdowns for the Nittany Lions, who forced four turnovers to keep the game out of reach. The Chippewas could still drive the ball on the ground and in the air, racking up 363 yards. However, mistakes kept them out of the end zone for much of the day.

Tight end Brenton Strange caught two touchdowns, and wideout Mitchell Tinsley caught one. Clifford and Kaytron Allen added touchdown runs for the Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions shuffled many players in and out of the lineup on Saturday. While they gave up 363 total yards, the Nittany Lions tightened up in the red zone and took advantage of their opponents' errors. Offensively, the Nittany Lions were efficient and mistake-free.

2022 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule

Sep 1 at Purdue W 35-31 1-0
Sep 10 vs. Ohio W 46-10 2-0
Sep 17 at Auburn W 41-12 3-0
Sep 24 vs. Central Michigan W 33-14 4-0
Oct 1 vs. Northwestern - -
Oct 8 OFF
Oct 15 at Michigan - -
Oct 22 vs. Minnesota - -
Oct 29 vs. Ohio State - -
Nov 5 at Indiana - -
Nov 12 vs. Maryland - -
Nov 19 at Rutgers - -
Nov 26 vs. Michigan State - -
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