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Penn State vs. Purdue Betting Preview: Odds, Predictions, and Picks

5th October, 14:13

When Purdue (1-3) visits No. 12 Penn State (4-0) at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it will do so without some of its top offensive talent. That could spell doom against the Nittany Lions, a team that has raced out to a perfect start behind an offense that is dropping 50 points per game and a defense yielding only 7.5 points per contest.

This is one of the rare games that features team from two legal online sports betting markets. This season, Penn State bettors at PA online sportsbooks cleaned up in September as James Franklin's squad went 3-1 ATS, and now Purdue backers are hoping for some similar success with Indiana online sports betting now live.

Anyway, the Boilermakers will be without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar, who could miss the remainder of the season with a collarbone injury, and top receiver Rondale Moore (29 catches, 387 yards, two touchdowns). They figure to be up against it today on the road against a Penn State team that formally announced itself as Big Ten title contender after a 59-0 thrashing of Maryland on the road last week. I think this serves as an accurate visual representation of that game:

Penn State will once again be a massive favorite at home, so let's check out the best odds and betting promos before getting to some predictions and picks with our Penn State vs. Purdue betting preview.

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It's expected to be a beautiful day at Beaver Stadium for Penn State's homecoming festivities with sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 50s at kickoff. Winds will be light out of the southeast.

Here are the current Penn State vs. Purdue betting odds at some of the top legal online sportsbooks:

If you read our weekly betting previews, you know the deal by now. Projection models aren't always accurate predictors of an event's outcome, but we think it's worth a look at comparing the implied probability of the moneyline odds with a second source to find out if there's any betting value on the board. If there's a pronounced disparity between the two sources, there could be an opportunity to exploit a certain betting angle.

ESPN's FPI index gives Penn State a 96.8% win probability in this game.

What's that mean?

In relation to Penn State's FPI index win probability, the moneyline odds are juiced on the home team as a more comparable price would be just north of the -3000 range.

As for Purdue, a +1500 moneyline payout on the Boilermakers carries a 6.3% implied win probability, meaning it's not a strong enough payout to line up with Purdue's FPI projection.

The Boilermakers have covered five of their last seven games following a loss, but more than anything, this could be a potential look ahead spot for Penn State.

Penn State has owned this series in recent meetings, winning five straight and 8 of the past 10. The Nittany Lions are also 10-3-1 ATS against Purdue over the teams' last 14 meetings.

Penn State has dominated at home in October recently with a nice 8-2-1 ATS record over its last 11 games played in the month.

As for any worry about a potential letdown spot after destroying Maryland, consider these trends:

Not every game is going to a "Five Star, Titanium Solid Lock," so I'll be honest and say that I don't love this game. It's homecoming, Purdue is dinged up, and the Nittany Lions have shown the ability to both dispose of inferior opponents and cover big numbers this season. That being said, Penn State has been explosive but has also struggled to sustain drives by converting on third downs. That's going to catch up with them eventually. Moreover, while I'm not concerned about a hangover effect because of the aforementioned trends, I am a little bit concerned about a potential look-ahead spot as they have ranked conference opponents in Iowa and Michigan looming. Penn State wins big, but I don't think they grab the cover.