As we enter Week 6 of the College Football Season, the elite teams have begun to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. One team that was overlooked in it’s own conference has started to rise, like cream, to the top. The Penn State Nittany Lions enter this week’s Elldee Sports Game of the Week facing the Purdue Boilermakers. Can the Nittany Lions continue their torrid run at home in Happy Valley?
The Purdue Boilermakers had high hopes coming into this season, especially behind the playmaking ability of Rondale Moore. Quarterback Elijah Sindelar returned for his Senior season and is in his second year in the system. The defense returned 9 starters, albeit from a weak unit. All in all, there was much to look forward to heading into the season. Well, here we are heading to Week 6 and things have not gone to plan as the Boilermakers have a 1-3 record including a loss to the Nevada Wolfpack, a Group of Five school. To make matters worse, Moore and Sindelar are both injured and things look bleak. Young coach Jeff Brohm is going to need to pull some magic out of his hat to prevent a tailspin and salvage some type of momentum going into the offseason.
Flip the coin over and you have the Penn State Nittany Lions. When this season began, most experts pegged Penn State as a 3rd place team in the Big Ten East. As the year has progressed, Penn State has played with the heart of…well, a Lion! The Nittany Lions are 4-0 with 3 blowouts and also a tough rivalry game win over Pitt to show they can handle pressure. With a #14 ranking nationally in both total offense and total defense, the meat of the schedule begins. Head Coach James Franklin must prove that he can win the big matchups and get this team over the hump.
With the way that Penn State has been playing, coupled with the injuries to the Boilermakers starting QB and star WR Moore, this is going to be a tall task for Purdue to steal a win on the road. In fact, the Elldee Sports formula is predicting a complete demolition at the hands of the Nittany Lions. The best bet is to take the Lions and the over in this one. Until next time, good luck.
Penn State 70 – Purdue 7
Penn State (-27.5) and Over 55.5