Penn State Nittany Lions Odds 2022: College Football Odds, Team Preview

Written By Brett Gibbons on September 5, 2022 - Last Updated on September 7, 2022
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Penn State is in the middle of their worst team stretch since 2003-04. Opposite 2020, the Nittany Lions started the year 4-0 before dropping six of their final eight games. With foundational pieces like Sean Clifford back for Penn State, odds suggest this team will be back in the Big Ten East mix. However, there’s plenty of questions need answering early in the season.

This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Penn State Nittany Lions for the 2022 season. Where do they stand on college football odds tables and can they find themselves back in contention in Big Ten odds?

Week 2 Odds: Penn State vs. Ohio

Coming off a thrilling Week 1 victory, Penn State is a favorite against the visiting Ohio Bobcats. Clifford left that Week 1 game with an injury, although he returned for freshman Drew Allar. While this game might not be a disaster with a hobbled Clifford, it’s worth monitoring his usage throughout the contest.

Ohio opened their season with a 41-38 home victory over FAU. QB Kurtis Rourke passed for four touchdowns, but the Bobcats’ passing defense was eviscerated by FAU. Penn State receivers Mitchell Tinsley and Parker Washington should get good looks against an Ohio secondary that allowed two 100-yard receivers in Week 1.

Penn State odds, 2022 team preview

7-6 is an unacceptable finish for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions. While Clifford was hurt down the second half of the season– leading to losses at Iowa and vs. Illinois– it was the ineptitude of the run game that really buried Penn State’s season. They finished outside the top 100 in explosiveness and success rate on the ground in 2021.

Moving into 2022, the offensive line has some work to do. They return two starters from last year, but the turnover might be a good thing for Penn State. The addition of blue-chip prospect Nick Singleton will certainly help the backfield, but his opportunities start up front. According to Athlon Sports’ Big Ten unit rankings, Penn State has the 10th-best OL in the conference. At least one freshman will start– RS freshman Landon Tengwell at guard– but this group needs to give Clifford time to throw and the backs alleys to run through.

One of Penn State’s biggest strengths is their receiving corps, headlined by Parker Washington and WKU transfer Mitchell Tinsley. At the very least, Clifford will have options to throw to.

Defensively, there’s a lot of promise. Three of four starters return on the defensive line and their secondary is one of the most talented in the Big Ten. In comes former Miami head coach Manny Diaz to fill in for Brent Pry, to left to head Virginia Tech. All-American candidate Ji’Ayir Brown led the FBS with six interceptions a season ago and All-Conference candidate Joey Porter Jr. will handle the tough receiver assignments.

There’s plenty of tests on the schedule, namely at Michigan and Auburn early, with home stints against Ohio State and Michigan State.

Players to watch

  • RB Nick Singleton: The five-star freshman running back picked up almost 6,400 yards rushing in high school. Singleton joins a Penn State backfield that didn’t produce a single 100-yard outing between any of them a season ago and ranked 125th in rushing EPA. Expect Singleton to be the guy out of the backfield sooner than later, even if that doesn’t mean running with the first team in Week 1.
  • WR Mitchell Tinsley: Tinsley transfers in from Western Kentucky where he racked up over 1,400 receiving yards and 14 TDs in that high-octane offense. He starkly resembles departed Jahan Dotson in stature and play style, meaning we know a player like Tinsley can fit right into Penn State’s offense. The focus may be on teammate Parker Washington, giving Tinsley more advantageous matchups throughout the season.
  • SAF Ji’Ayir Brown: Brown lands on Athlon Sports’ preseason third-team All-American list and Phil Steele’s preseason second-team All-Big Ten list. He was tied for the FBS lead in interceptions last season (six) and will continue to be one of the most disruptive safeties in the league. He’ll get plenty of work against passing offenses like Ohio State and Michigan this season.

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Penn State schedule and betting odds

DateGameTime (ET)Spread
9/1/22at Purdue8:00 p.m.-3
9/10/22vs. Ohio12:00 p.m.OTB
9/17/22at Auburn3:30 p.m.+1
9/24/22vs. Central MichiganTBAOTB
10/1/22vs. NorthwesternTBAOTB
10/15/22at MichiganTBA+7
10/22/22vs. Minnesota7:30 p.m.-6.5
10/29/22vs. Ohio State12:00 p.m.+12
11/5/22at IndianaTBAOTB
11/12/22vs. MarylandTBAOTB
11/19/22at RutgersTBAOTB
11/26/22vs. Michigan StateTBA-6
12/3/22Big Ten Championship8:00 p.m.

Penn State Nittany Lions futures odds

College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.

Penn State win total

There’s plenty of challenges on Penn State’s schedule, including games at Auburn and Michigan, but oddsmakers line them for over wins. To hit over their total, they would need at least one win over Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, or Michigan State while upholding a tough early-season matchup at Purdue.

Odds to win 2023 National Championship

Penn State isn’t a team that’s currently in the National Championship mix, holding odds.

Odds to win Big Ten Championship

Projections see Penn State as the third- or fourth-best team in the Big Ten East. Currently, their odds to win the conference are .

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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