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2020 Penn State Football Betting Predictions

 

The 2020 Big Ten Conference will begin in Week 8, in a schedule of eight intraconference games.

Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Odds & Forecast

But it was the two defeats they suffered that ultimately derailed a “what could've been” campaign, as losing to Minnesota in early November was followed up by a road loss at Ohio State two weeks later to kill any Big 10 title hopes the Nittany Lions had. But it was the third time in four years that they finished with double digit wins, and Penn State fans would sign up for that again in 2020 in a heartbeat.

2020 Penn State Win Total Odds

Penn State 2020 wins: Over 9.5 (-121) or Under 9.5 (+100)

Penn State's win total odds have them as slight favorites to reach that 10-win mark again in 2020, as they do get to face some of there potentially tougher conference foes on their own field. Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan State all have to make trips to Beaver Stadium in 2020, and if Penn State can continue to maintain their level of success at home – Penn State has won 10 straight home games entering 2020 – then who knows how far the Nittany Lions can take things this season.

2020 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule

  • Week 8 - Oct. 24 at Indiana
  • Week 9 - Oct. 31 vs. Ohio State
  • Week 10 - Nov. 7 vs. Maryland
  • Week 11 - Nov. 14 at Nebraska
  • Week 12 - Nov. 21 vs. Iowa
  • Week 13 - Nov. 28 at Michigan
  • Week 14 - Dec. 5 at Rutgers
  • Week 15 - Dec. 12 Michigan State

While bettors in Pennsylvania may be disappointed that Pitt isn't on the schedule, there still should be no shortage of action in 2020. There are road trips to face Virginia Tech, Michigan, and Nebraska which have the potential to be problematic for Penn State this season, and of those games that are already lined, the Nittany Lions are currently small underdogs (+2.5) for that date with the Michigan Wolverines.




Penn State won 11 games last season and the Nittany Lions are expected to have another strong campaign. (AP)

2020 Penn State Game of the Year Odds

  • Week 13 - Penn State (+2.5) at Michigan
  • Week 9 - Ohio State at Penn State (+6.5)

That game with Michigan as +2.5 road underdogs is not the only Penn State contest currently listed on the Games of the Year board, as their home date with Ohio State a few weeks later has the Nittany Lions currently catching +6.5 points in that one.

If those games play out according to those point spreads and do end up as straight-up (SU) losses for Penn State, then all of a sudden a win total wager on 'over' 9.5 wins has no more wiggle room. It makes all of these potential futures quite problematic in terms of searching for a potential edge.

Penn State Odds to win Big 10 Championship

Yes (+600)

The Nittany Lions share the second spot in terms of odds with Michigan this year in terms of potentially winning the Big 10 conference, but both are well behind Ohio State and their -230 price. If either program is going to leap past the Buckeyes, it's going to take a SU win over Ohio State as a strong starting point, and Penn State does have a minor edge over Michigan there in that they host Ohio State whereas Michigan visits them.

Whether or not that's enough to convince even the biggest supporters of the 2020 Nittany Lions football program I don't know, as Penn State likely couldn't afford any other slip ups along the way if they want to return to the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time since 2016. Maybe going the route of taking them on the money line vs Ohio State is the way to look at things now for those Penn State believers.

Penn State Odds to Make 2020-21 College Football Playoff

Yes (+600) or No (-1000)

Similar to Michigan's future odds, Penn State's price on winning the Big 10 is identical to their price on making the CFB Playoff and rightfully so. Winning the conference would require a win over Ohio State at the very least for the Nittany Lions, and they would have beaten a lot of other quality football programs within the conference as well.

Meaning, if you are interested in the “yes” on Penn State winning the Big 10, a “yes” on making the playoffs wager goes hand-in-hand. If the Nittany Lions are able to get through all those challenges, then cashing not one, but two +600 tickets will give one's bankroll a very nice boost going into Bowl season.

Penn State Odds to Win 2020-21 College Football Playoff

Yes (+5000)

Getting to the playoffs and winning it all are two totally different questions regarding Penn State's 2020 prospects though, and while their odds wouldn't be this large as one of the final four teams left standing, barring a perfect campaign, they'd still likely be underdogs in both the semi-final and national championship game should they be involved.

With that likely being the case, taking a wait and see approach is the healthier option for your bankroll at this stage regarding Penn State being this year's national champions, as there are just two many large hurdles for them to overcome right now. Should they be able to leap over the first handful of them and get to the playoffs, revisiting this prop bet at a much different price – but also a higher likelihood of connecting – is the smarter path.

Penn State Odds for Players to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy

The Nittany Lions currently have one player listed in the Heisman Trophy Odds betting market.

(Position, Big Ten Player, School, Odds)
  • QB Sean Clifford, Penn State 80/1

Penn State Nittany Lions – Postseason Forecast

Last year's trip to the Cotton Bowl was well deserved for Penn State after the season they had, and a significant Bowl game that's not a playoff contest is likely where the Nittany Lions end up again in 2020. HC James Franklin is known to have no mercy in running up the score in games he's got well in hand, which can boost the profile of his team, but Penn State is also known for putting up a dud or two each year where surviving them becomes a very big issue.

Those games usually come on the road, and should a defeat in Michigan happen at the beginning of October, Penn State would effectively be out of the Big 10 title race at that stage without getting some significant help down the road. A late December Bowl game will be the result because of it.

Penn State Nittany Lions Season Prediction

Even with a win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, Penn State's still got to pull of what would be considered a 'shocking' win over Ohio State later on and not stumble up anywhere else. That's a bit much to ask for them this year in my view, as that's about as good as it gets for them in terms of playing well and getting all the breaks along the way.

And if there is a loss to Michigan early in October, there is always the potential for things to slide downhill quickly for Penn State the rest of the way, as QB Sean Clifford still has some minor question marks around him, and it's not like there are very many “easy” games in Big 10 play as it is.

A nine-win campaign is the most likely scenario I've got pegged out for Penn State in 2020, meaning that the plus money on 'under' 9.5 wins this year is where my money is going on their futures.

Nittany Lions 2019 Betting Recap

Despite not playing in the Big 10 title game, 2019 was still a highly successful season for the Penn State Nittany Lions. They went 10-2 SU in the regular season overall, and capped off the year with a dominating 53-39 win over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl.

2019 Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Results
Date Opponent Closing Line Total Result ATS
Aug 31 Idaho Vandals -41.5 58.5 Won 79 - 7 Win  / Over
Sep 7 Buffalo Bulls -32 56 Won 45 - 13 Push  / Over
Sep 14 Pittsburgh Panthers -17 53 Won 17 - 10 Loss  / Under
Sep 27 @Maryland Terrapins -6.5 61 Won  59 - 0 Win  / Under
Oct 5 Purdue Boilermakers -28.5 55.5 Won 35 - 7 Loss  / Under
Oct 12 @Iowa Hawkeyes -3.5 43.5 Won 17 - 12 Win  / Under
Oct 19 Michigan Wolverines -7.5 47.5 Won 28 - 21 Loss  / Over
Oct 26 @Michigan State Spartans -5.5 42 Won 28 - 7 Win / Under
Nov 9 @Minnesota Golden Gophers -6.5 48.5 Lost 26 - 31 Loss  / Over
Nov 16 Indiana Hoosiers -15 55 Won 34 - 27 Loss  / Over
Nov 23 @Ohio State Buckeyes 20.5 58 Lost 17 - 28 Win / Under
Nov 30 Rutgers Scarlet Knights -39 51 Won  27 - 6 Loss  / Under
Dec 28 Memphis Tigers -7 59.5 Won 53 - 39 Win / Over

Betting on the 2020 Penn State Nittany Lions

Where can I bet on the 2020 Penn State football team?

There are several legal sportsbook options in the United States. Visit our sportsbook directory to find online sportsbooks where you can bet on Penn State.

Legal Wagering in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has both legal brick and mortar and online sportsbooks available for bettors in the state and one of the markets available is college football. Along with wagering on Penn State football, bettors can wager on Pittsburgh and Temple as well.

What other College Football bets are available?

Bets can be placed nearly every team in the FCS. Check out our NCAA Futures Odds to see odds to win the NCAA championship and each conference or visit our main NCAA Football page for the latest betting news.

What’s Penn State's point spreads for each of their games?

College Football odds are generally released early in the week when the game is scheduled to be played. For weekly odds, check out our College Football Vegas Odds page.

Where can I learn how to bet on College Football?

To learn more about betting on College Football, check out our football betting tutorial.


  
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