PENN ST over Kent St by 31
Talk about the haves and the have-nots. Penn State is one of the nation’s most storied programs, a fixture during bowl season and a supplier of quality players to the NFL. And this year’s Nittany Lions will have a lot to say about the CFB Playoffs as they host the three most powerful teams in the Big Ten: Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Less well-known are the Golden Flashes, a school whose football team has recorded more than 6 wins in a season only ONCE in the last 30 years. Little wonder that PSU opened as 37-point chalk, especially after the Lions gave blood rival Pittsburgh one of the worst maulings in series history last Saturday, a merciless 51-6 beating at Heinz Field. But Penn State was mad last week after being roundly criticized for letting 24.5-point underdog Appalachian State take the Lions into overtime before falling, 45-38. This week they can rest the starters if they open a wide margin and start scheming for their conference opener with Illinois on deck. Kent State got to experience the thrill of victory by hammering helpless Howard last week, 54-14, but the agony of defeat is rapidly closing in. Our database tries to douse our interest by pointing out that the Nits are a disturbing 4-11 ATS as favorites of 27 or more points, and that the Flashes are 3-0 ATS in their last three games versus the Big Ten. The sales job bottoms out, though, when the machine is forced to reveal KSU’s dreadful 1-12 SU and 3-9-1 ATS effort in games when coming off a win over the last seven seasons. You’re on your own here.