Penn State-Indiana Predictions
The time is finally here! Can you believe it? We finally have Penn State Football! The Nittany Lions head out to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in their first game of the 2020 season. Brandon and Kraigen gave their thoughts on the week one depth chart and discussed what to expect from Indiana in their latest podcast. But, now it is time for the For The Glory team to give their first predictions of the season!
Cory Lestochi (0-0)
I’m excited as everyone else for the season to start, but man I do not like this matchup to start the season. First of all, Penn State doesn’t play well out in Bloomington and this specific Indiana team returns a lot on offense and is going to shock someone.
The question is, will it be Penn State?
Add to the equation Penn State is without Micah Parsons and Journey Brown and all of a sudden this game could be a lot closer than most will think. Thankfully Micah and Journey were part of deep position groups for Penn State and the Nittany Lions should be OK at those positions. But you can’t replace a Micah Parsons.
That being said, after looking at the depth chart on Tuesday, the defense still looks scary from the front seven to the secondary. Getting pressure with a four-man rush will be crucial on Saturday, but who will spy QB Michael Penix. Jr.?
This is a good measuring stick for Penn State and I’m sure they will pass, but it won’t be with flying colors.
Penn State: 27
Brandon Musso (0-0)
This season is different than any other so I am willing to cut this Penn State team some slack in their first game back. There was no spring ball and limited practices so it’s hard to expect them to come out looking like a well polished team. This will be true for both sides of the ball for both teams.
I think Penn State wins a close one with the key being how well Kirk Ciarocca can implement his offense without having ever coached them in live game.
Penn State 28
Kraigen Rasalla (0-0)
As I mentioned on the podcast, this game is a scary game for me. We are used to having 2-3 non-conference games to allow the team to get their feet wet and to work on any potential weaknesses before jumping into Big Ten conference play. But, this year, we are jumping right into the water by playing an all Big Ten schedule.
Indiana is no slouch either, as they were ranked when they played Penn State in 2019 and return many of the weapons that led them to an 8-5 record last season. The Penn State defense was gashed for 371 passing yards in this matchup last year. Will they able to put the clamps down on Michael Penix Jr., Whop Philyor, and company on Saturday?
On the other hand, I think this will be a big game for Penn State QB Sean Clifford. After a tough end to the 2019 season because of both poor play and injuries, I think he is being overlooked by many people, including myself. I know I have barely talked about him in our pre-season podcasts! But, with Journey Brown out and some question marks at wide receivers, I think we see Clifford carry this team to victory on Saturday.
Penn State 34