Aug 30, 2014; Dublin, IRL; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Geno Lewis (7) catches a pass against Central Florida Knights defensive back Clayton Geathers (26) during the third quarter at Croke Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Open as a Double-Digit Favorite Over Akron

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Penn State enters its second week of the season as a big favorite against the Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference.

Not only is the game being played in what’s sure to be a loud Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions are coming off an impressive victory over a very solid UCF team in the Croke Park Classic.

According to, the Nittany Lions are favored by several Vegas casinos. All of them currently have Penn State as a double-digit favorite over the Zips. Currently, the largest spread is 19.5 points. The lowest spread to date is 15 points. Either way, the Nittany Lions are expected to roll against the Zips.

Penn State is coming off an impressive performance by Christian Hackenberg, who threw for a school-record 454 yards. On the receiving end of most of those passes was Geno Lewis (8 catches, 173 yards, TD) and freshman DaeSean Hamilton (11 catches, 165 yards). Despite a shaky offensive line that was unable to establish any kind of running game, the Nittany Lions looked very good on offense and were able to move the ball downfield.

On defense, Penn State dominated the Knights for the first half of the game. Things got closer in the second half when UCF made a switch at quarterback, but the defense was still solid.

With such a good performance in the face of a difficult travel situation, it’s no surprise the Nittany Lions are a heavy favorite this week. Despite Akron coming off it’s own impressive victory, a 41-0 thumping of Howard, things will prove very difficult for the Zips on Saturday.

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