Free College Football Picks Today: Indiana Hoosiers vs Penn State Nittany Lions 11/5/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Indiana Hoosiers vs Penn State Nittany Lions 11/5/22
Sat 5th November 2022

The Indiana University Hoosiers (3-5, 1-4 Big 10), one of the Big Ten Conference’s top passing offenses, play host to the No. 16 Penn State University Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-2 Big 10), one of the conference’s softest aerial defenses, at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions are 14-point favorites, and the total is 50.5. Penn State is coming off a 44-31 loss to No. 2 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium last Saturday. Sean Clifford was 32 of 47 for 371 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Kaytron Allen ran 12 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Parker Washington caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown.Indiana dropped a fifth straight game on October 22, falling 24-17 to Rutgers at SHI Stadium. Connor Bazelak threw for 210 yards and an interception. Josh Henderson carried four times for 31 yards. Javon Swinton had three receptions for 47 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Nittany Lions won the only game between the teams last season, a 24-0 victory in October. Sean Clifford threw three touchdowns for Penn State, as Jahan Dotson scored twice.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Nittany Lions are averaging 33.1 points per game for the season, fourth in the Big 10, and they are facing a Hoosiers defense that has surrendered 30.6 PPG (13th). Meanwhile, Indiana has scored 24.5 points a game this season, 10th in the conference, and Penn State is allowing 22.0 PPG (7th).

The Nittany Lions rank 49th in the nation in passing yards per game (260.9) and 53rd in rushing (170.0), while the Hoosiers are 102nd in passing yards allowed per game (259.5) and 83rd against the run (155.3).

Indiana has been one of the country’s least successful rushing teams, averaging 80.4 yards per game (128th), while ranking 44th in passing yards (265.3). The Nittany Lions are allowing 248.0 passing yards (89th) and 134.9 rushing yards per game (57th).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through eight games, Sean Clifford has thrown for 16 touchdowns (6 INT) and 227.0 yards per game to lead Penn State in passing. In three away games this season, he has four TDs (1 INT) and an average of 193.3 yards passing. Nicholas Singleton leads the team in rushing with an average of 75.8 yards a game over eight games. He has seven touchdowns on the ground.

Parker Washington is the Nittany Lions’ leading receiver with 70.9 yards a game and two TDs. Connor Bazelak has 12 passing touchdowns (9 INT) with 262.4 yards per game through eight games to lead Indiana. In five home games this season, he has thrown for nine TDs (5 INT) and an average of 277.2 yards. Shaun Shivers has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 50.6 yards a game through eight games.

He has five total touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving. Cam Camper has been the primary target in the Hoosiers’ passing game. He has two touchdowns and an 81.3 yard per game average through seven appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Penn State (-550)

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