Is there ever a bad week of football?
Maybe you can argue the answer to that question, but this weekend’s action is nowhere near that debate.
Pennsylvania’s biggest college brands face off Saturday in State College. On Sunday afternoon, the Steelers look to rebound from a miserable Week 1 in their home opener against Seattle. Meanwhile, the Eagles are playing in primetime Sunday night, against a high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense.
There’s plenty to watch. And plenty to bet on too if you’re so inclined. In our weekly installment of PennSportsbook Pick 6, we’ll run down six of the best games near Pennsylvania and the betting lines available at our state’s sportsbooks.
Here we go …
Pitt at Penn State (-17.5): noon Sept. 14
The in-state rivalry returns for another edition with Saturday’s clash in State College. Penn State is nearly a three-touchdown favorite after starting the season 2-0 with wins over Idaho and Buffalo. Pitt should prove to be their biggest test yet. The Panthers won this game 42-39 in 2016, but the Nittany Lions have won all the meetings since.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the game total set at 53 points. Bettors can also wager on the individual team point totals if they prefer a certain side. Penn State’s over/under is set at 35, Pitt’s is at 17.5. The Nittany Lions are -850 on the moneyline and Pitt is +590. FanDuel is also offering a $100 site credit for new users who make a correct moneyline wager of $5 or more.
Philadelphia at Atlanta (+2): 8:20 p.m. Sept. 15
The Eagles will be featured on NBC’s Sunday night broadcast against Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The Eagles won their season opener against Washington, while the Falcons fell to the Vikings. PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook has the Eagles as -2 with the spread and -130 on the moneyline. The Falcons are +107 to win outright. The game total is set at 51 points. There are also plenty of alternate spreads and alternate game totals available for those who are seeking different numbers.
Seattle at Pittsburgh (-4): 1 p.m. Sept. 15
The Steelers’ lopsided loss to New England didn’t discourage the oddsmakers from installing them as four-point favorites against Seattle. The Seahawks defeated a pesky Cincinnati Bengals team in Seattle last week. BetRivers has the game total set at 46.5. Pittsburgh is -190 on the moneyline and Seattle is +160. Anyone who is attending the game in Pittsburgh can also take advantage of the Rivers retail sportsbook, which is just a few blocks away from Heinz Field.
Maryland at Temple (+7.5): noon Sept. 14
Maryland enters the game against the Owls with a high-powered offense that scored 79 and 63 points in the team’s first two games. Saturday, however, will be the Terrapins first road game. The Owls (1-0) are home underdogs and are coming off a bye week. Parx Sportsbook has the game total set at 66.5 points. The Owls are +205 on the moneyline, while the Terps are -250.
North Carolina St. at West Virginia (+6.5): noon Sept. 14
The Mountaineers host the Wolfpack in another intriguing early game Saturday. West Virginia is looking to recover from a tough 38-7 loss to Missouri last week. NC State enters the game undefeated (2-0) after convincing wins against East Carolina and Western Carolina. BetRivers has the game total set at 46. West Virginia is +185 on the moneyline, while NC State is -230.
Bills at Giants (+1.5): 1 p.m. Sept. 15
Buffalo is a road favorite in an intrastate showdown that should draw some betting action in Pennsylvania, given its proximity to the teams involved. The Bills beat the Jets in Week 1, while the Giants were drilled by Dallas. PlaySugarHouse has the Giants as +107 on the moneyline. The Bills are -130. The game total is set at 43.5. There are numerous other bets including alternate spreads, alternate totals, game props, and parlays available for those wanting even more action.
If you’re feeling lucky
The PennSportsbook Pick 6 returns more than $450 on a $10 bet if you correctly parlay all the spreads. There’s plenty of action to pick from this during this weekend of football.
And if you ask me, there’s no such thing as a bad one.
Enjoy the games.