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Auburn Tigers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Beaver Stadium University Park
181Tigers Auburn
182Nittany Lions Penn State
OP
53.5
-7.5
CU
52o -105
-4 -110
ML
ML: 160
ML: -185
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The #22 Auburn Tigers will travel North to take on the #10 Penn State Nittany Lions in a top-25 showdown. This is the first time the two had met since 2003, when the Tigers won the Capitol One Bowl 13-9.

Auburn is coming off of a 62-0 demolition of Alabama State, while Penn State recently beat Ball State 44-13. The Nittany Lions have already won over #12 Wisconsin, while this is Auburn’s first ranked game of the season. If the home team wins, they could move into the top-10 for the first time since.

The game is set to kick off inside Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Auburn vs. Penn State Betting Lines

TV: ABC

MONEY LINE: Auburn (+190) vs. Penn State (-230)

SPREAD: Auburn +6 (-110) vs. Penn State -6 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 52.5 (-110) vs. Under 52.5 (-110)

Auburn Tigers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Preview

Penn State looks like the most formidable threat they have been in years, thanks to a roster full of talent. Senior quarterback, Sean Clifford, will be under center for the Lions, having tossed two TDs and no interceptions. They also had three players rush for over 60 yards in their last game and are balanced at the point of attack.

The defense has not jumped off the page statistically, but they have only allowed 14.5 points per game. They have also scored a touchdown, courtesy of a pick-six from Jesse Luketa, and have plenty of impact players. They will need to improve in the pass rush, having recorded three sacks through two games.

Penn State was a dominant force in the early 2000s but had fallen off in recent years, until now. James Franklin has the team drawing playoff expectations and will be expected to win this game at home.

Meanwhile, Auburn is led by QB Bo Nix, who has 383 yards and five touchdowns through two games. Five different receivers have caught touchdown passes already, making them tough to scheme against. Two running backs have also rushed for 200+ yards this year, providing tremendous balance to this offense.

The defense has suffocated its opponents, allowing 10 and 0 points in two games this year. They have notched eight sacks and two turnovers, taking care of business against lesser opponents.

The Tigers are known as one of the toughest teams to beat, regardless of their record. Auburn is notorious for toppling ranked teams and will feel right at home Saturday, even as the underdog.

Auburn vs. Penn State Money Line Prediction

Auburn may not have faced a formidable opponent yet, but they will burst onto the national scene with a win. They have playmakers all over on offense and defense and have a favorable matchup with Penn State.

The Nittany Lions are a lot of hype but have not looked impressive in their games this season. They are also notorious for underperforming recently, so giving them lofty expectations is a recipe for disaster.

This game is likely to be close, but the Tigers should pull away in the end. Even if they do not, they are extremely likely to cover the spread on the road.

EXTRA POINTS

1. This is the first matchup between the teams since 2003 when Auburn won 13-9.

2. Both teams are 2-0 this season.

3. Auburn dominates statistically but has not beaten a ranked opponent this season, while PSU has.

Best Bet: Auburn ML (+190)

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