Penn State Opens As a 36-Point Favorite Over Kent State

By Nick Polak on September 10, 2018 at 10:00 am
Sep 1, 2018; Champaign, IL, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback Woody Barrett (15) sets up to pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium.
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After their annihilation of Pitt on Saturday, Penn State has opened the week as 36-point favorites for their game against Kent State this upcoming weekend.

So far this year, the Nittany Lions are 1-1 against the spread. After entering week one as 24-point favorites over Appalachian State, the Lions needed overtime to pull out a 45-38 win. However, in week two, James Franklin's squad defeated Pitt by a final of 51-6 after entering the game as 9.5-point favorites (they opened the week as 7.5-point favorites).

The Golden Flashes sit at 1-1 on the season after falling in a close contest to Illinois in week one (31-24), then beating down Howard 54-14 in week two. Kent State actually led the Illini 17-3 at halftime before allowing 28 of the final 35 points over the final 30 minutes. Last time the two teams met, the Lions won 33-13. In their six-game history, Penn State has outscored Kent State by a total of 144 to 29.

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