The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t been able to break through Ohio State and Michigan, but with a fresh face at quarterback and a ton of returning production on both sides of the ball – this is the best chance in recent memory for the Nittany Lions to knock off the Wolverines or Buckeyes and get into the Big Ten Championship.
Read more below on Penn State’s odds, best bets, and predictions for this season.
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Penn State: Win National Championship (+2200)
It would take a massive leap forward for Penn State to compete for a National Championship, but if Drew Allar is as good as advertised, it’s a possibility.
The Nittany Lions will have one of the top defenses in the country and should take a step forward in the second year under DC Manny Diaz. James Franklin has stressed the importance of NIL and the portal in the media and has made a couple of key additions including receiver Dante Cephus from Kent State.
This team might not be ready for a National Championship run quite yet, but they could break through and this price could be worth a sprinkle.
Penn State: Win Big Ten Championship (+575)
Penn State is a sleeper team to Win the Big Ten – which simply means teams not named Michigan and Ohio State – and at this price, it could be worth a flyer.
However, the Big Ten East will again be stacked, and even if Penn State can get through the division – the Big Ten West could present problems.
The Nittany Lions get Michigan at home but do have to go on the road to Ohio State. They also drew Iowa from the Big Ten West, who is always a tough team to beat and should be improved this year.
If Penn State takes a big step forward, it’s possible, but the Big Ten remains a two-horse race until proven otherwise.
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Penn State Over 9.5 Wins (-145)
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Even assuming a loss to Michigan and Ohio State, Penn State would still reach this number – and I think they’ll give both of those teams a game this season which would create more wiggle room.
The non-conference schedule is laughably bad, and outside of the game at home against Iowa – which will be a “White Out” and one of the toughest places to play all season – Penn State’s Big Ten schedule consists of mostly bottom feeders as well.
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