It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
And that’s kind of how it’s going for a pair of Pennsylvania’s football teams.
Steelers and Penn State opposites on moneyline record
The Steelers are a perfect 8-0 for the first time in the storied franchise’s history. Coach Mike Tomlin is having perhaps his finest hour.
But a few hours to the east, Penn State coach James Franklin is leading his team through some of its darkest days. The Nittany Lions are 0-3 after a shellacking at the hands of a much weaker Maryland program.
If you’ve bet them on the moneyline, the Steelers have won every time. And Penn State has lost them all.
As noted by The Daily Collegian, Penn State has not been 0-3 since 2001, 19 years ago. George W. Bush was in his very first term in office. The September 11th attacks had just happened. And in many ways, the world was mighty different.
Penn State is still favored at Nebraska on Saturday
Now, the Nittany Lions will look to save some of their season with some wins in the remaining games. That effort starts with a noon road game at Nebraska on Saturday in which the Lions are a 3-point favorite. Perhaps some of their fans are no longer optimistic. But even still, the odds are posted, the lines are listed, and betting action beckons.
And a day later, Steelers Nation will mobilize again to support a team that is becoming one of the biggest stories in pro football. Pittsburgh is a touchdown favorite in a home game against AFC North rival Cincinnati. And at FOX Bet, there’s a boosted wager that can double your money if Ben Roethlisberger throws two touchdown passes and the Steelers win.
So no matter if you’re rooting for downtrodden Penn State or the high-flying Steelers, there are plenty of football wagers to consider this weekend. We’ll cover all the odds at the best PA sports betting apps in this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ PickPlay.
Steelers face Bengals at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on FOX
Pittsburgh continues its undefeated season at Heinz Field Sunday against rookie quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
DraftKings Sportsbook has kept the Steelers as a 7-point favorite despite a little bit of uncertainty surrounding Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben has been in quarantine following a positive test by teammate Vance McDonald, but according to ESPN, he can participate in Saturday’s walkthrough and ultimately Sunday’s game with continued negative tests. The Steelers – and the oddsmakers too – expect him to play.
Pittsburgh is -278 on the moneyline while Cincinnati is +240. The game’s over/under is set at 45.5.
And over at FOX Bet, new users can turn $1 into $50 in free bets if the Steelers or the Eagles score. Here’s the fine print:
- Register and verify your account after November 9th, 2020
- Must have made a deposit to qualify. The promotional bet must be your first bet
- Bet on Eagles or Steelers to Score a Point – New Customers Only – Bet $1 on Eagles or Steelers to score at least 1 point – Get $50 in FREE BETS
- Your $50 Free Bet will be credited 24 hrs after the close of the Eagles or Steelers game
Is Penn State’s moneyline finally a good play?
If you’re expecting Penn State to finally get its first win, you’ll gain a better moneyline price than the Steelers’ number. The Nittany Lions are -157 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Nebraska is +125. The betting line has Penn State as three-point favorites and the game’s total is listed at 55.5.
And over at FOX Bet, a boosted wager gives you a price of +320 if Penn State has four or more passing touchdowns. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford has had three in each of his first three games, so one more Saturday would provide a nice return.
Will the trends continue this weekend?
Even though a pair of Pennsylvania’s teams have started in opposite directions, there is plenty of betting action available on both this weekend.
Penn State is looking for its first win. Pittsburgh is aiming to avoid its first loss.
This football season and the moneyline bets that come with it have varied greatly among Pennsylvania’s teams.
It has been the best of times. And the worst of times too.
Who knows when they will end?
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Frank Victores