NCAA Football – Week 6
The Big Ten schedule continues for the Northwestern Wildcats, as they hope to keep their perfect season alive when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in college football betting action this Saturday.
The Wildcats are one of the two teams that are still unblemished in the Big Ten, and with a win on Saturday, they might be the only team left in the conference that still has a ranking in the Top 25 as well. The play of QB Trevor Siemian has been a real difference for the Cats early in the season. He has replaced QB Kain Kolter, though you will still clearly see Kolter out there quite a bit on Saturday running the ball. Siemian has thrown for 672 yards and a TD, and he clearly is the more accurate of the two passers that Northwestern has on its roster this year. RB Venric Mark has quietly amassed 538 rushing yards and five scores this year, and he has taken over as the primary back in place of RB Mike Trumpy, who should still get his 8-12 carries in this game. The defense hasn’t always been great, but it has done the job when it needs to, and if you take away the second half in the opening game of the year against the Syracuse Orange, this would be a defense holding down foes to the teens per game in scoring.
Penn State looked awful at the outset of the year against the Ohio Bobcats, but in the end, we have seen the men from the MAC start undefeated and get votes for the Top 25 in the nation. Since that point, a loss against the Virginia Cavaliers came in a game in which the Nittany Lions were clearly the better squad, and now they have rolled to three straight victories. All of a sudden, maybe Penn State doesn’t look so bad after all. The kicking game is still atrocious, but the offense has put up its points. Scoring 31.0 points per game in the last three is a marked improvement for a team that just looked terrible offensively over the previous two games. QB Matthew McGloin has thrown for 1,217 yards and 10 TDs, and he is really improving with each passing week that he is leading this club.
Everyone else in the Big Ten has faltered at some point on the road, so why not Northwestern, too? Penn State is the better of these teams in our eyes, and as long as the Nittany Lions don’t end up suffering any injuries that test their lack of depth, they should be able to win this game by at least a field goal. Penn State 27 – Northwestern 19