Penn State Opens As an Underdog vs. Ohio State, Michigan

By RLR Staff on March 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Oct 27, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Tommy Stevens (2) drops back to throw a pass during the second quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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On the eve of one of the biggest gambling events in the country, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, odds have begun to trickle out for the 2019 college football season. According to BetOnline, the Nittany Lions are a touchdown, or higher, underdog in their two biggest games of the upcoming season.

After playing Ohio State to a one-point loss in each of the last two seasons, the Buckeyes are 10.5 point favorites for the Nittany Lions visit to The Horseshoe eight-plus months down the road. Michigan will visit Beaver Stadium in mid-October, and the Wolverines are favored by nearly a touchdown. Penn State will hope to replicate the last game in Happy Valley between the two storied programs where they ran away from Jim Harbaugh's squad 42-13.

According to McMurphy, Michigan, who has to replace six defensive starters, including three off of their dominant defensive line, and All-American linebacker Devin Bush, is one of only seven teams that is favored in each of its 12 regular season games. They join Alabama, Clemson, Memphis, Washington, Georgia, and Oklahoma in that club. Five of those teams have appeared in the College Football Playoff, while the Wolverines have not won an outright Big Ten title since 2003.

Other games of note across the Big Ten have Michigan favored by 6.5 against the rival Buckeyes, a game they have not won since 2011. They also sit at -8.5 against Notre Dame, a 2018 playoff participant, in their early season clash. Ohio State is a nine point favorite vs. Wisconsin, and -7.5 in their September matchup with Nebraska.

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