Georgia State-Penn State Saturday Free Play

On September 16, 2017, in Free Picks, NCAAF, by Stephen

Georgia State plus 37 at Penn State

I vividly recall Week 3 of last season when Georgia State played at Wisconsin and nearly upset the Badgers, losing 23-17. Panthers quarterback Conner Manning connected on 20 of 29 passes for 269 yards in that game.

Manning and many of the other Georgia State starters are back. They’re in position to hang close against another strong Big Ten team, Penn State.

The Nittany Lions are 2-0 having rolled past Akron and Pittsburgh. Those two teams aren’t very good and Penn State opens Big Ten play next week on the road against Iowa. That’s the matchup the Nittany Lions are looking ahead to and focusing on.

Georgia State has had two weeks to stew and be embarrassed about being upset 17-10 by Tennessee State in its only game this season. That was the opening of the Panthers’ new stadium.

The Panthers allowed the fewest yards per play in the Sun Belt Conference last year. They have four key defensive starters back from that unit.

This is a flat spot for Penn State and the Panthers are better than what they showed against Tennessee State. Georgia State has been outstanding in this role covering 19 of the last 24 times as a road underdog.


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