Week 12: Indiana Hoosiers
The Penn State Nittany Lions look to Week 12 and the Indiana Hoosiers to rebound from last week’s loss.
The fact we are still talking about the Minnesota game provides a hint that maybe the Nittany Lions aren’t over it themselves. Even Head Coach James Franklin wasn’t entirely over last week’s game during his press conference on Tuesday. Regardless, here we are, and Penn State is favored by 14.5 points.
Brandon Musso (8-1) & (5-4) vs. The Spread
Historically, particularly over the last few years, Penn State’s record after a big loss is not a good one. Last week’s loss ended their undefeated record and could be felt as a very deflating loss. However, the Nittany Lions College Football Playoff chances are very much alive but first they must get past Indiana.
The biggest key to this game will be Penn State’s ability to control their emotions and play at the high level they have been all season. Franklin mentioned as much in his post game press conference that they needed to be able manage an emotional loss and not let it affect them in the next game. If they can come out with a lot of energy and put the loss behind them, they have a better chance at securing a victory.
Even without all the emotions, this is still a very tough game. Indiana is no slouch as they come into Beaver Stadium with a 7-2 record, hungry to knock off top ranked Penn State. I think the Nittany Lions will be given all they can handle, its just a matter of whether or not they can make the plays they need to make when they need to make them.
I think Franklin finally keeps his team’s emotions in check and leads them to a close, hard fought victory over the Hoosiers.
Penn State: 24 Indiana: 14
Kraigen Rasalla (8-1) & (3-6) vs. The Spread
As we saw last week, Penn State struggled in defending the pass against Minnesota. Enter Indiana, who has a deep group of wide receivers and one of the more accurate quarterbacks in the country, Peyton Ramsey. Ramsey is currently 5th in the country in completion percentage at 72 percent and a big reason why the Hoosiers are 7-2.
I think the biggest key to this game for Penn State is jumping out to an early lead and seizing all momentum of the game. In the past few years after a loss, the Nittany Lions have allowed their opponents to hang in the game with them, before losing in the final seconds. If Penn State wants to avoid that and keep themselves in the Big Ten title chase, they will have to start fast on Saturday.
Indiana has a nice record at 7-2, but all of that has come against the weaker opponents of the Big Ten. Yes, the same was said about Minnesota last week. But, keep in mind this is a home game for Penn State and the Hoosiers have never won in Beaver Stadium.
Penn State bounces back.
Penn State: 34 Indiana: 23
Cory Lestochi (7-2) & (4-5) vs. The Spread
I love Head Coach Tom Allen and what he has done in Indiana. The Hoosiers only have two losses and that is to Ohio State and to Michigan State. Their defense doesn’t give up very many points and plays tough defense. Their passing attack is still lethal even without Michael Penix Jr.
That being said, this defense still gave up 40 points to a dismal Michigan State offense. Nittany Lions get the running game going to lessen the load Pat & KJ have been carrying as of late. The defense cleans up the secondary miscommunication but still probably gives up a couple big plays.
Penn State: 42 Indiana: 21
Picture by Kami Brand.