Northwestern vs. Penn State Odds, Pick, Prediction: Will Nittany Lions Be Up for Flat Spot vs. Wildcats?
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- Updated Penn State vs. Northwestern odds list the Nittany Lions as a 12.5- or 13-point betting favorite over the Wildcats, with the total reaching 138 on Saturday morning.
- PSU has been on a roll, entering the top 15 of the AP Poll for the first time in more than 20 years.
- Will the Nittany Lions be up for a potentially flat spot against Northwestern? Our experts make their picks.
Northwestern vs. Penn State Odds
- Odds: PSU -13 [In PA? Bet Now]
- Total: 137.5
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- TV: Big Ten Network
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Market Report for PSU-Northwestern
The betting public is all over Penn State, which has gotten 83% of the tickets.
But the bigger bets have hit Northwestern, which has moved from +13 to +12.5 at some shops behind 44% of the money. — Steve Petrella
Stuckey’s Play on PSU-Northwestern
If you haven’t noticed, the Nittany Lions are on a roll. They’ve won and covered seven straight — four of which came on the road, which is quite the accomplishment this year in the Big Ten. They’re just a game out of first place in the conference.
That said, I think it’s a good time to sell high here in a potential flat spot. I’m not sure you see the most enthusiastic effort out of Penn State for a noon tip against lowly Northwestern for a game sandwiched in between Purdue and Illinois, which comes to State College on Tuesday.
Look, Northwestern is bad and very young, but this team scraps, especially on the road. Just take a look at some of its results away from Evanston this year:
- Won at Boston College
- Lost by 5 at DePaul
- Lost by 9 at Minnesota
- Lost by 4 at Indiana
- Lost by 4 at Illinois
- Lost by.4 in OT at Rutgers
The Wildcats have suffered some horrific home losses (Merrimack, Radford, Hartford) but have stayed within single digits in four of their six conference road games — all against likely tournament teams.
I think the Wildcats will run a lot more zone than normal (they do about 25% of the time normally) against a Penn State team that struggles in its zone offense. Also, based on comments from head coach Pat Chambers on Thursday, I don’t think second-leading scorer Myreon Jones will suit up.
It’s not pretty but I’m holding my nose and pulling the trigger on Northwestern +13.