LINE: Iowa -1.5
ATS PICK: Iowa
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At some point, Penn State is going to flip it back around.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you are what your record is, and 0-4 is never going to be okay at Penn State no matter what, but the team really is better than this.
Lost in the narrative was how it owned Indiana on the road for around 58 minutes before it all fell apart, including getting hosed at the end. Since then, the running back corps has been depleted, the quarterback situation became an issue, and the defense full of great parts can’t seem to come up with a meaningful stop.
The team is trying hard – it made a push in the loss to the Huskers, and …
0-4 is 0-4.
Call this a momentum play.
Iowa’s passing game is mediocre, and it struggle in key spots late defensively early on, but if Penn State is given a little bit of love despite being 0-4, Iowa deserves some respect for being 2-2 when it very easily could’ve been 4-0.
The O line apparently needed a few games to kick it all in, and now the running game is rocking with blasting performances in back-to-back weeks against Michigan State and Minnesota.
Penn State keeps losing even when the defense is playing well – holding IU to just 211 yards, and most of those coming in the final two minutes, and limiting Nebraska to 298 – and now it has to deal with the deliberate and tough Hawkeye ground attack.
Penn State could absolutely rise up, rally, and win this, but it hasn’t shown the ability to come through in the clutch yet, and Iowa won its last two games by a combined score of 84-14.