Penn State vs Akron

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 vs Akron

 

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.

Final Score

Penn State 45, Akron 14

Early June Line

Penn State -35

ATS Confidence: 3

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PROJECTED DEPTH CHART 2017

OFFENSE

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

DEFENSE

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

KICKERS

P: 93 Soph. Blake Gillikin; 92 Sr. Dan Pasquariello

K: 95 Sr. Tyler Davis; 90 Fr. Alex Barbir

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