Penn State vs Akron, Live Game Info, Prediction, Online Preview. Watch Akron vs Penn State College Football week 1 game stream online. Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
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Penn State proved to be one of the best bets in college football last season, going 11-3 against the spread on its way to a Rose Bowl appearance.
This year, though, the Nittany Lions will play against heightened expectations and larger point spreads, such as the one they’ll face when they go against Akron on Saturday afternoon at Happy Valley.
College football point spread: The Nittany Lions opened as 35-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 49.0-14.3 Nittany Lions (College football picks on every game)
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
Is the fun going to keep on going?
Playing Akron at home isn’t exactly going to show whether or not Penn State is going to be as good as the 2016 version that won the Big Ten title and went off to the Rose Bowl, but with Pitt up next, getting the machine going again right away is a must.
This is a better Akron team than last year’s version. It has enough of an passing game to potentially keep up the pace for a while if this gets into a bit of a firefight, while the O line might be just decent enough to not get ripped apart.
The big key? Can Penn State start out hot. Notoriously slow out of the gate in games last year, it needed to bomb away to come back time and again. While the results were great, the Nittany Lions didn’t make things easy on themselves.
That won’t be a problem in the opener.
The Penn State attack will come up with a quick 14 points – with RB Saquon Barkley doing whatever he wants – and the defense will take over from there.
The Nittany Lions will look the part.
Penn State vs Akron Prediction
Akron vs Penn State College Football week 1 game Prediction.
Penn State 45, Akron 14
Early June Line
Penn State -35
ATS Confidence: 3
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Must See Rating: 2
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PROJECTED DEPTH CHART 2017
WR: 84 Soph. Juwan Johnson; 11 Soph. Irvin Charles
LT: 52 Soph. Ryan Bates; 71 Fr. Will Fries
LG: 74 Soph. Steven Gonzalez; 73 Fr. Mike Miranda
C: 66 Soph. Connor McGovern; 64 Soph. Zach Simpson
RG: 70 Sr. Brendan Mahon; 62 Fr. Michal Menet
RT: 77 Jr. Chasz Wright; 59 Sr. Andrew Nelson
TE: 88 Sr. Mike Gesicki; 18 Soph. Jonathan Holland
QB: 9 Jr. Trace McSorley; 2 Soph. Tommy Stevens
RB: 26 Jr. Saquon Barkley; 24 Soph. Miles Sanders
WR: 5 Sr. DaeSean Hamilton; 10 Jr. Brandon Polk
WR: 3 Jr. DeAndre Thompkins; 13 Sr. Saeed Blacknall
DE: 19 Jr. Torrence Brown; 97 Soph. Ryan Buchholz
DT: 52 Sr. Curtis Cothran; 30 Soph. Kevin Givens
DT: 41 Sr. Parker Cothren; 54 Soph. Robert Windsor
DE: 48 Soph. Shareef Miller; 34 Fr. Shane Simmons
LB: 43 Jr. Manny Bowen; 9 Soph. Jarvis Miller
LB: 40 Sr. Jason Cabinda; 47 Sr. Brandon Smith
LB: 7 Jr. Koa Farmer; 31 Soph. Cam Brown
CB: 15 Sr. Grant Haley; 21 Jr. Amani Oruwariye
S: 28 Sr. Troy Apke; 4 Jr. Nick Scott
S: 2 Sr. Marcus Allen; 23 Soph. Ayron Monroe
CB: 1 Sr. Christian Campbell; 14 Fr. Zech McPhearson
P: 93 Soph. Blake Gillikin; 92 Sr. Dan Pasquariello
K: 95 Sr. Tyler Davis; 90 Fr. Alex Barbir
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