Penn State Opens As a 17.5-Point Favorite vs. Pitt

By Matt de Bear on September 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm
Sep 9, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (left) and Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi (right) congratulate each other at mid field following the competition of the game at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Pitt 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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The fourth and final game of the latest renewal of the Penn State-Pitt series will take place on Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley. The 2-0 Nittany Lions have opened as 17.5-point favorites against the 1-1 Panthers.

After losing the first game of the series 42-39 in 2016 in Pittsburgh, Penn State has won two straight, outscoring the Panthers 84-20 in the process. The last game in Beaver Stadium saw the Nittany Lions win comfortably 33-14 in 2017.

Pitt arrives in State College coming off of their first win of the season, a 20-10 home victory over the Ohio Bobcats. Junior quarterback Kenny Pickett was impressive, going 26-of-37 for 321 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers dropped their season opener 30-14 vs. Virginia.

Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions enter the winners of their first two by a combined score of 124-20, with new starting quarterback Sean Clifford already tossing six touchdown passes on the season. 

Saturday's game kicks off at noon EDT on ABC.

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