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CFB : First Half Matchup
Saturday 11/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



PENN ST (7 - 3) at RUTGERS (1 - 9)
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Week 12 Saturday, 11/17/2018 12:00 PM
Board First Half
333PENN ST-16
PENN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-3-46-46-335.715.0420.5(6.2)1.623.010.9376.6(4.8)1.7
Road Games3-1+12-23-038.513.0396.0(6.2)
Last 3 Games2-1+12-11-119.711.0280.3(4.6)2.325.312.7340.7(4.8)2.0
Turf Games2-101-22-034.312.7398.0(6.3)2.331.315.0456.0(5.6)1.7
Conference Games4-3-54-33-328.314.0391.1(5.9)1.925.111.9399.1(5)1.9
PENN ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)35.715.021.027:3440-205(5.2)16-2855.6%215(7.6)68-420(6.2)(11.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.511.619.529:5437-152(4.2)18-3158.1%216(7)67-369(5.5)(15)
Offense Road Games38.513.021.225:5537-210(5.6)14-2653.3%186(7.1)64-396(6.2)(10.3)
Defense (All Games)23.010.921.432:2642-176(4.2)19-3653.9%201(5.5)78-377(4.8)(16.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.30.616.221.531:0440-201(5)19-3160.9%216(7)71-418(5.9)(13.6)
Defense Road Games25.012.723.234:0548-243(5)18-3060.3%174(5.7)79-417(5.3)(16.7)

RUTGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-9-4.25-54-614.58.1274.4(4.2)2.334.321.1418.6(6.1)1.1
Home Games1-5-34-23-317.311.2304.0(4.6)1.728.518.5369.2(5.4)1.3
Last 3 Games0-3-13-01-213.06.3257.7(4.4)0.730.312.7401.3(5.5)1.0
Turf Games1-9-4.25-54-614.58.1274.4(4.2)2.334.321.1418.6(6.1)1.1
Conference Games0-7-34-32-511.95.7251.9(4.1)1.934.120.7432.6(6.1)0.9
RUTGERS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.512.919.630:3738-166(4.4)17-3057.3%212(7)68-378(5.6)(14.8)
Offense Home Games17.311.217.029:1633-142(4.3)18-3355.3%162(4.9)66-304(4.6)(17.5)
Defense (All Games)34.321.121.131:2541-230(5.6)16-2759.0%189(6.9)69-419(6.1)(12.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.29.614.820.930:2339-188(4.8)19-3160.5%214(6.9)70-401(5.7)(13.6)
Defense Home Games28.518.519.230:4440-177(4.5)16-2955.2%192(6.7)68-369(5.4)(13)
Average power rating of opponents played: PENN ST 40.8,  RUTGERS 36.5
PENN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/21/2018@ ILLINOIS63-24W-27.5W59.5O51-38713-20-204245-24518-31-1662
9/29/2018OHIO ST26-27L3.5W69.5U44-20616-32-286137-11922-39-2701
10/13/2018MICHIGAN ST17-21L-13.5L54U32-20519-32-192136-12325-53-2951
10/20/2018@ INDIANA33-28W-14L58O36-17420-37-243245-22435-55-3303
11/3/2018@ MICHIGAN7-42L12.5L49P30-688-17-118352-25911-17-1440
11/17/2018@ RUTGERS            

RUTGERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2018@ MARYLAND7-34L23.5L50.5U45-1712-17-8540-2909-20-851
11/3/2018@ WISCONSIN17-31L29W52.5U26-7220-39-261046-31712-23-1562
11/17/2018PENN ST            
11/24/2018@ MICHIGAN ST            
PENN ST: Superstar running back Saquon Barkley is gone, which is a tough pill to swallow no matter how you look at it. Luckily for Penn State, Trace McSorley is back under center. McSorley has proven to be as good of a playmaker as there is at the position in his two years as a starter, and he's now the undisputed focal point of this unit. The Nittany Lions offense will be just fine as long as he is healthy. The real concern for Penn State is on the defensive side of the ball. Nine starters from last year's team are gone, and that is bad news in arguably the nation's toughest division. Some amount of regression from head coach James Franklin's team feels likely, but don't get used to it going forward.
RUTGERS: Rutgers had the Power Five's worst offense a year ago, which led to the team hiring its ninth offensive coordinator in as many years. The Scarlet Knights are now hoping that they can take advantage of what is actually a pretty good stable of running backs. Help, however, needs to come from the quarterback position. There have been some positive vibes coming out of New Jersey surrounding freshman Artur Sitkowski, but it might be another year or two before he hits his stride. Defensively, the best that can be said for Rutgers is its secondary is decent. Of course, that's not enough to prevent this team from being the worst in the East yet again.
McSorley seeks record as No. 14 Penn State visits Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Trace McSorley can become the winningest quarterback in Penn State history when the No. 14 Nittany Lions take on Rutgers on Saturday at HighPoint.com Stadium.

McSorley has recorded 30 victories in his illustrious career at Happy Valley.

"Trace is a great player," Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. "He's a tremendous quarterback. He can beat you with his feet and beat you with his arm. Just spent the last five, six hours watching film of him, and he's a competitor.

"I don't know if it's necessarily anything that a defense is doing to slow him down, because he's still got a lot of production. He's still very dangerous. It's a different team than they had last year. The pieces around him are different, but he's still a great player. He's fun to watch."

Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) clinched its 14th consecutive winning season with a victory last week over Wisconsin. Running back Miles Sanders led Penn State offensively with 159 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while the defense shined with five sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Sanders is the 26th Nittany Lion to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and one of 18 in FBS so far this season. The Nittany Lions continued their red zone efficiency, scoring on all three trips inside the 20 against Wisconsin to improve to 38 for 40 on the season with 33 touchdowns.

Penn State sophomore defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos ranks second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (1.6 per game) and is third in the conference in sacks (0.80 per game). GrossMatos has made 28 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks in the last four weeks after making 17 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks the previous six weeks.

Freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski was 8-of-19 for Rutgers (1-9, 0-7 Big Ten) in the 42-7 loss to Michigan, where freshman Isaih Pacheco added another notch to his rookie belt. He ran for 142 yards, 80 of them for a touchdown, and the Knights ran for 193 -- the most yards allowed by Michigan this season.

Pacheco, who also completed a 19-yard pass out of the Wildcat, and Raheem Blackshear have developed into a potent 1-2 punch for the Rutgers offense.

The Scarlet Knights have done well preventing negative yardage plays, ranking second in the Big Ten in sacks allowed (1.20) and tackles for loss allowed (4.20) per game. Rutgers boasts one of the nation's strongest kickoff return defenses, allowing 15.94 yards per return to rank second in the Big Ten and ninth in FBS. Ball security is a strength for Rutgers with only five fumbles lost all season. The total ranks third in the Big Ten and 29th in FBS.

Saquan Hampton ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 1.2 passes defended per game, while Trevor Morris ranks fourth in the league with 9.1 tackles per game.

Rutgers has been outscored by 156 points in its Big Ten games this season. The Scarlet Knights have dropped nine straight since their opening week 35-7 victory over Texas State. The Scarlet Knights are in last place in the country with 14.5 points per game and have been held to a touchdown or fewer three times.

"I think our focus is to just try to keep playing hard every week," Penn state guard Steven Gonzalez said. "We've got to treat them (Rutgers) like any other opponent and they're just as tough and physical as the other teams and they're going to play hard."

Penn State has won 26 of 28 versus Rutgers, winning the last 11 games (since 1988) of a series that started in 1918. Rutgers took a 6-0 lead at Penn State last year but the Nittany Lions wound up with a 35-6 victory.

"Protection, we've got to be better. And drops we've got to be better. I think once we can get those two things going, I think it's going to give our offense a chance to really take the next step." Penn State coach James Franklin said.

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