Penn State vs Alabama 2010 College Football Picks & NCAA Odds Week 2: If you are looking for a college football picks “Game of the Week” in week of the NCAA odds college football schedule, try Penn State vs. the University of Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Vegas odds have predicted Alabama as a 12-point college football picks favorite at home. The best online sportsbook to bet the Crimson Tide is Sportsbook.com, but if your college football picks are leaning towards Penn State head over to Bodog.com. The College football odds makers at Bodog.com currently show the Nitany Lions posted as a 13 point college football odds underdog.
In last weeks college football picks matchup, the Tide (1-0) rolled against San Jose State at home 48-3, but this week will be a much more difficult test. 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram has been ruled out for this week 2 college football odds contest but Alabama has plenty of weapons. Halfback Trent Richardson (so.), who scored two touchdowns in ten carries in week one, has as much talent or more than Ingram. Penn State’s defense, though, was tough against the run in 2009, allowing only 5 rushing TDs all season. Stopping Richardson and the Crimson Tide’s backs will be a focus, which means more pressure will be put on Alabama’s senior quarterback Greg McElroy. McElroy was spectacular against an inferior opponent last week, a trend started last season, but has not fared well against top competition. He will have something to prove against the Nittany Lions. Junior WR Julio Jones will be the primary target, as he was last week, when he caught 6 receptions for 93 yards. Fellow junior wideout Marquis Maze also stepped-up with a TD and 68 yards and the duo will be the focus of the Penn State secondary.
Defense, though, is not the primary concern for Penn State (1-0). The Nittany Lions come into the week 2 college football picks matchup with a freshman quarterback, Robert Bolden, who got his feet wet last week in a 44-14 victory at home over Youngstown State. The game was close at halftime, 16-7, while Bolden found his bearings. He did connect for two touchdown passes with senior wideout Brett Brackett, and, from all accounts, played well. Bolden will have a baptism by fire, however, against Alabama. The Crimson Tide features a tough, veteran defense with playmakers everywhere. Bolden will have to handle the noise in a hostile environment. Senior running back Evan Royster will need to take some pressure off Bolden but he had a subpar college football picks battle last week and Alabama prides itself in taking away the opponent’s running game. With a limited ground game, the college football picks battle will be placed on Bolden’s shoulders and the burden might prove too heavy for the freshman quarterback to bear.
Penn State has traditionally done well against opponents ranked #1, with a 4-8 record over the years under Joe Paterno and the old coach always seems to have a trick up his sleeve for these types of games. You can expect the Nittany Lions to keep the score down early but, with all their talent, Alabama should cruise past the visitors and cover the spread with ease.
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