Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 College Football Betting Odds And Preview
The challenge for the Penn State Nittany Lions in 2019 is to find their new quarterback.
The program has won at least nine games over the past three seasons, including posting a 9-4 record in 2018.
The Lions are poised to have another great year if they can find a replacement for Trace McSorley.
Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 NCAAF Season Win Total Prediction & Betting Odds
Penn State Nittany Lions Season Win Totals Odds
|Over 8.5 Wins||-155|
|Under 8.5 Wins||-105|
2019 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule Analysis
Penn State will have time to warm up as the season goes along. The start has three home games scheduled against good but not great competition.
The Lions open against Idaho, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Of course, the game against the Panthers is the most challenging from those three.
Facing Maryland, Purdue and Iowa in the next three weeks will make things slightly more challenging.
Tough Second Half Of Season
But things get serious in the second half of the season. Penn State host Michigan on October 19 to then travel to Michigan State the following week.
The last four meetings in the calendar will be against Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio State and Rutgers.
Visiting the Buckeyes is by far the most challenging outing of the entire regular season.
Playoff hopes will be at stake during that weekend.
Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 Roster Changes
As I mentioned above, the number one task for the coach James Franklin is to find a replacement for Trace McSorley.
Senior QB Tommy Stevens was the projected starter but transferred to Mississippi State. Redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford is now the go-to-guy on this offense.
The issue for Penn State’s offense is the only experienced guy outside the numbers is KJ Hamler.
Recruited Classes Lack Experience
There is talent over the latest recruited classes, but none of the players are known.
The backfield has the same problem. The number one running back position is anybody’s to take. Sophomores Ricky Slade, Journey Brown and C.J. Holmes will share carries until somebody takes a step forward.
Last season Penn State led the nation with 3.6 sacks per game, and they have the personnel to do it again in 2019.
Defensive linemen Yetur Gross-Matos and Robert Windsor combined for over 15 sacks last season and both are back.
The middle of the defense is also covered under LB Micah Parsons, who is an NFL prospect.
Veterans Add Experience To The Defense
Additionally, two veterans will be in the secondary defense.
The Nittany Lions unit will be the reason this program wins nine games or more in 2019.
The offense is merely trying to figure out their talent.
Penn State Nittany Lions Odds to win the Big Ten Conference
Penn State is in the middle of the pile when talking about football teams that can win the Big Ten Conference at the of the season.
The Nittany Lions are listed +1200 to win the Conference title, behind Ohio State, Michigan, and Nebraska, but at the same level with Michigan State.
Penn State Nittany Lions Odds to Win the National Championship
If somehow the Nittany Lions win the Big Ten, they will be in the College Football playoffs for sure.
Penn State is listed +6600 to win the National Championship this season.
Penn State Nittany Lions 2019 Win Total Prediction
The Penn State defense is for real and will carry with the program all season.
The offense is a liability that will prevent the team from winning nine games in 2019.
They should fall just short with eight wins. The future looks bright; it just won’t happen this year.
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