Penn State vs. Indiana Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Penn State vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Penn State (4-0) vs. Indiana (2-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
Penn State finally played a good team, and while it had a whole slew of problems and almost collapsed at Iowa, it came up with a brilliant game-winning drive to get out alive.
Was that the trap game? Was that the big problem to get through?
Not quite, with Michigan coming up soon and dates at Ohio State and Michigan in a few weeks. But for now, there can’t be a slip against a plucky Indiana team.
The Hoosiers weren’t bad against Ohio State, crushed a Virginia team that looks a whole lot better now after it beat Boise State, and destroyed Georgia Southern.
But it can’t go 0-2 in Big Ten play.
The two teams have played 20 times since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993. Indiana has won once.
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
Finally, Penn State has to face someone who can throw.
People think. Pitt can throw – it can’t.
Akron and Georgia State can’t throw, and Iowa struggles to throw a forward pass. Indiana didn’t unleash the firepower against Virginia or Georgia Southern, but it fired away on Ohio State for 420 yards and three touchdowns.
Penn State might have the pop and talent to crank up the offensive production, but Indiana will keep pushing. The Nittany Lions might have the talent in the secondary to hold up, but they’re about to deal with the big, talented Hoosier receivers.
One Reason Why Penn State Will Win
Indiana has a solid D, but it’ll have issues against the run. Georgia Southern doesn’t count – it runs the option – but when it had to, Ohio State was able to run on the Hoosier defensive front without a problem.
The Nittany Lion offense finally needed Saquon Barkley to carry the load, and he showed what he could do with a Heisman-caliber 211-yard, one score, 94-receiving yard day in the win over Iowa. After being held in check last year – 33 carries for 58 yards and two scores – the incentive is there to go off.
On the other side, it got lost in the excitement, but outside of two big plays by Iowa star Akrum Wadley, the Hawkeye offense did almost nothing. The Penn State defense has taken its game up a few notches from last year.
What’s Going To Happen
Was Penn State dealing with an emotionally-charged battle, or was the Iowa game a signal that the team is a bit overrated? It’s probably a little of both.
It’ll take a half, but the Nittany Lions will eventually bust through, come up with a few good second half scoring drives, and IU will have to throw to get back in the game. That’s when the interceptions will come, and that’s when Penn State will open it up.
Penn State vs. Indiana Prediction
Penn State 38, Indiana 24
Penn State -17.5, o/u: 66.5
5: “U bum” – 1: “Dotard” … 2
Must See Rating
5: American Made – 1: My Little Pony: The Movie … 3