Penn Sportsbooks Pick 6: Notre Dame-USC Rivalry Headlines College Football Action

You can sleep next week.

Because this weekend is loaded with some great late-night football, including two tough road trips for our Pennsylvania teams. Penn State travels to Iowa for a Saturday night kickoff with the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes. The game will also feature one of the country’s best football traditions, when fans, coaches, and players on both sides wave to kids in the window of a neighboring children’s hospital after the first quarter ends.

It will be worth staying up to watch. Same for the games on other channels Saturday night, which include LSU-Florida and USC-Notre Dame.

And then on Sunday night, you may need to do it again. The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Los Angeles to face Phillip Rivers and the LA Chargers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Pittsburgh may be starting third-stringer Devlin Hodges at quarterback, which will make a road win even more difficult.

But, who knows? It could happen. If you are holding a Pittsburgh moneyline bet, you’ll earn a greater return. We’ll cover those odds in a moment.

Here at Penn Sportsbooks, we highlight the best games featuring our area teams every week, and the corresponding spreads at our state’s sportsbooks.

So, without further ado, here is the rundown for the college football weekend and the NFL’s Week 6.

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Penn State at Iowa (+3.5): Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Nittany Lions take their unbeaten record into Iowa City in what is expected to be the most challenging game of their season thus far. The Hawkeyes lost to Michigan 10-3 last week but defeated Iowa State earlier in the year, so they are battle-tested heading into Saturday night’s showdown. FanDuel’s Sportsbook has Penn State’s moneyline set at -180. Iowa has a price of +150. The game’s over/under is set at 42. The Nittany Lions have a team total of 22.5, whereas the Hawkeyes number is set at 19.

Eagles at Vikings (-3): Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia beat up on the winless Jets last week but will face a much tougher opponent this week with a road game in Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles are +140 on the moneyline, according to Parx Sportsbook, while the Vikings are -175. The over/under for the game is set at 44 points. Parx has more than 75 wagers available for this game, so bettors are bound to find something interesting for Sunday action.

Steelers at Chargers (-6.5): Oct. 13, 8:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh could have a third-string QB under center in the nationally broadcast Sunday Night Football game. With their quarterback situation in such a state of flux, the Steelers will pay off more on the moneyline, with a price of +240. The LA Chargers are -305 at  BetRivers Sportsbook. Anyone with a betting interest in this game should keep a close eye on the injury report. If the previous starter Mason Rudolph suits up, Pittsburgh’s odds are likely to change. The game total is currently set at 41 points. There also figures to be a number of live betting opportunities once the game kicks off.

Memphis at Temple (+5.5):  Oct. 12, 12 p.m.

The Temple Owls head into Saturday’s game with some extra rest after beating East Carolina 27-17 in a Thursday night game last week. Memphis is ranked No. 23 in the country after five-straight wins to start the season. The Tigers are -225 on the moneyline at FanDuel’s Sportsbook. Temple is posted at +180. The game’s total is set at 50 points. The Owls have a team total of 22, while Memphis’ number is listed at 27.5

Iowa State at West Virginia (+10.5): Oct. 12, 4 p.m.

A week after losing to a tough Texas team, the Mountaineers face another quality opponent in Saturday’s game with the Cyclones. Iowa State rebounded from a close loss to Baylor two weeks ago with a comfortable victory over TCU last week. BetRivers Sportsbook has the Cyclones priced at -420 on the moneyline. West Virginia would return +320 with a moneyline win. The game’s total is set at 53 points. BetRivers has more than 40 possible wagers for this game, with a number of alternative spreads and point totals for those interested in different odds.

USC at Notre Dame (-11): Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.

With both Pitt and the Buffalo Bills idle this week, it makes sense to focus on Notre Dame, one of the state’s most popular teams behind the Panthers and Nittany Lions. The Irish are -420 on the Parx Sportsbook moneyline. The Trojans are +320. The game’s total is set at a healthy 59 points. Parx has more than 40 betting options for this game and a number of sites should also include it in live sports betting Saturday night. There are also a few other intriguing Saturday night games to wager on, including Florida and LSU (-13.5), a showdown between two undefeated, top 10 teams.

If you’re on a hot streak, a parlay of Penn Sportsbook’s Pick 6 games will pay out about $460 on a $10 bet.

Enjoy the games. And good luck!