PENN ST over Kent St by 31

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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.

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