Georgia State vs. Penn State, 9-16-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Casey P.
Georgia State Panthers (0–1 SU, 0-1-0 ATS) @ #5 Penn State Nittany Lions (2–0 SU, 1-0-1 ATS)
Saturday, September 16th, 2017, Beaver Stadium
Line: PSU (-38)
On Saturday night, the Panthers from Georgia State will play a game that will never be forgotten as long as they live. The small FBS school will head to Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley to play Penn State, one of the most legendary venues in all of college sports.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 P.M ET.
Panthers Need D To Step Up Again
Things are changing a bit for Georgia State this week as they travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State. It will be the first-and-only Power-5 game for the Panthers this year and definitely their biggest test.
While they usually play just one big-time school every year, that doesn’t mean they cannot hang with the big boys. Last year, in their one big-time game, Georgia State took the Top-10 Wisconsin Badgers down to the wire. The final score was 23–17.
On Saturday, the Panthers defense will need to be stout in order to stop a tough PSU offense. Luckily, they only allowed 17 points in their first game of 2017, and what makes it even better is that the quarterback they were playing against, Treon Harris, is a former Florida Gators star.
Nittany’s Can’t Have Let-Down Game
After numerous years of lost scholarships and turmoil, Penn State football is officially back. They are currently a Top-5 team and have outscored opponents 85–14 in the first two games of the year.
While they are definitely playing a weak opponent on Saturday, their Week 2 contest came against a legit opponent in Pittsburgh. Even so, the Lions totally dominated the game and never seemed to be in trouble. In the game, they jumped out to a 14–0 lead before burying their in-state rival 33–14.
On Saturday, the Nittany Lions should handle business again. The only worry for PSU and their fans is if they underestimate their opponent, because after all, on paper, they are the far superior program.
Penn State has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in junior running back Saquon Barkley.
- 1-4 SU in their last 5 games overall
- 6-0-2 ATS in their last 8 road games
- 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
On Saturday, college football fans may look past the Penn State versus Georgia State game, but when you look close, this could be closer than projected. The Panthers kept it close with the Wisconsin Badgers last year, only losing by a handful of points.
With that said, I do think it’s going to be a demolition. The Nittany Lions have been dominant at home lately, and with such better straight-up talent, the Panthers will have a tough time surviving at the line of scrimmage. Plus, Penn State doesn’t have an issue running up the score, made obvious by their 52-0 win in Week 1.
Pick: Penn State
Casey Pazzalia is a former Division-II athlete and New York native. With nearly 10 years of experience, Casey picks from a contrarian viewpoint and has done it all in the sports gambling business. A family man, Casey now resides in the DMV area and contributes to many sports media outlets.
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