Call it Un-Happy Valley.
Penn State fell to 0-2 last Saturday after losing to Ohio State on Halloween. As noted in an article on PennLive, the Nittany Lions dropped out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2016. So State College is sagging at the moment, a little downtrodden and depressed after two weeks of the Big Ten season. Hopes have been dashed.
But things can change pretty quickly in college football. And bettors in particular sometimes view struggles as an opportunity to grab better numbers.
Penn State looking to get back on track vs. Maryland
Could that be the case with Penn State? Are the Nittany Lions better than their record? Should they be giving more than 25 points to Maryland?
Those questions are worth considering as Penn State prepares to take the field again Saturday, with a 3:30 p.m. home kickoff against the Maryland Terrapins. The Nittany Lions have a chance to change the season’s course with a big win. And thanks to FOX Bet, fans have a chance to triple their wager if Penn State scores a touchdown in every quarter.
And if they can really turn things around, there will be some healthy payouts awaiting futures bettors. According to FanDuel, PSU (+15000) is currently their biggest liability in the National Championship market.
So there are some potential big wins out there for bettors. And maybe there’s a big win out there for Penn State too on Saturday.
Let’s take a look at PSU’s betting lines at PA online sportsbooks and some of the other available wagers for a big college football weekend.
Penn State searching for its first Big 10 win
After a crushing overtime defeat at Indiana and last weekend’s Ohio State loss, Penn State is 0-2 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2012. However, the Nittany Lions are a heavy favorite to win on Saturday. FOX Bet has Penn State as 25-point favorites and -1600 on the moneyline. Maryland, which just defeated Minnesota 45-44 in overtime last week, is +1000 on the moneyline.
The Terrapins are led by quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of former Alabama QB Tua. Taulia had 394 yards passing last week with three touchdowns. He also rushed for two other scores as well. He’ll be a focal point on offense for Maryland and likely the No. 1 target of the Penn State defense.
Maryland’s team total for the game is 20 points, while Penn State’s is 44.5. The game’s total is a healthy 64.5 points.
Pitt/Florida State and West Virginia/Texas lead the rest of the regional Pick 6
In a throwback to one of our regular features from last year, here are six other big games on a loaded Saturday football schedule, along with their odds from FOX Bet.
- Pitt/Florida State (-1.5): The 3-4 Panthers are +105 on the moneyline in a game that could help get their season back on track. FOX Bet has a boosted wager with pricing of +350 if Pitt records three or more rushing touchdowns. The game kicks off right after Penn State, with a 4 p.m. start on the ACC Network.
- West Virginia/Texas (-6): The Mountaineers travel to Austin to take on No. 22 Texas in a game that begins at noon on ABC. The matchup features two 4-2 teams coming off wins last week.
- Michigan/Indiana (+3): Surprisingly, the Hoosiers are the only undefeated team in this contest, after Michigan lost to Michigan State last week. Both teams are currently ranked, but it’s possible the loser might drop out of the polls. This game kicks off at noon on FS1.
- Clemson/Notre Dame (+4.5): Clemson is expected to be without starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence against the Irish in perhaps the biggest game of the ACC season. The Tigers struggled somewhat against Boston College last week and will face a formidable challenge this Saturday in South Bend. The game airs at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
- Florida/Georgia (-3): A game nicknamed “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party” is likely to have a different vibe during this socially-distanced season. But a contest featuring two top ten teams (Florida is No. 8, Georgia is No. 5) should still provide plenty of excitement. This game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
- BYU vs. Boise State (+3.5): A huge college football Saturday ends with a big game out West. Both BYU and Boise State are undefeated and ranked in the AP poll. Kickoff begins at 9:45 p.m.on FS1.
Can Penn State turn their season around on Saturday?
Penn State’s efforts to resurrect its season will begin Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Maryland in Beaver Stadium. Right now, the Nittany Lions are mired in Un-Happy Valley. Hopes have been dashed.
But things can change quickly.
With a win everything will seem different.
Penn State is hoping to get one Saturday. And with a huge college football betting slate Saturday, perhaps you’ll be vying for a few wins of your own.
It’s almost game time.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Barry Reeger