College football odds handicappers may want to consider the intangible of a new coach however for Minnesota this week with the college football lines.
Minnesota and new interim head coach Jeff Horton will host the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday with an ESPNU telecast. Kickoff is set for noon Eastern and Penn State opened at Sports-Gambling as a 9 point road favorite.
Tim Brewster was fired as head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers after their 28-17 loss at Purdue last Saturday which dropped their college football betting record to 1-6 straight up and 3-4 against the spread.
Minnesota ranks 76th for offensive scoring and 98th for points allowed on defense as Brewster leaves in less than four seasons after promising a Rose Bowl.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have a coach problem of their own as Joe Paterno is looking lethargic and very much his 83 years of age. Penn State has a college football gambling record of 3-3 straight up and 1-5 against the spread after their embarrassing 33-13 home loss to Illinois on October 9 which preceded a bye week.
Penn State is regressing under Paterno and his staff of assistants are in turmoil while recruiting is suffering. The Nits rank 108th in scoring offense but 21st in scoring defense.
Penn State’s loss to Illinois was a wakeup call both for the program and for handicappers about how perilous their bowl position is as a 3-3 finish to limp into a minor bowl is not guaranteed. It is conceivable that the Nits may not get JoePa his 400th career win this year which was once considered a lock.
Penn State has beaten the college football odds in just 3 out of their last 10 games when coming off a failure to cover the spread. Penn State has gone over the total in just 16 out of their last 51 games when coming off a loss versus the spread.
Minnesota has gone over the total in 20 out of their last 26 games after failing to get the money in their previous game. Minnesota has failed to pay out in their last 4 games against Penn State.