Penn State – Indiana Predictions
Matchup: Indiana Hoosiers (2-2) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0)
Where: Beaver Stadium
When: Saturday, October 2nd @ 7:30pm EST
Penn State improved to 4-0 last week with an easy win over Villanova but you guessed it, they have another tough one on the schedule this week. In the Nittany Lions annual Stripe Out, the Indiana Hoosiers will come to town for a primetime showdown at 7:30pm EST on Saturday. For now, check out the For the Glory team predictions.
Brandon Musso (2-2)
Last week was a rather uneventful game against Villanova but Penn State won nonetheless. There’s not much more to be said about that game other than the rushing attack still seems to be struggling even against an inferior opponent like Villanova. This will be something to watch as the season progresses because they are going to have to get it going to legitimately compete for a B1G Championship.
As far as this week goes in the Nittany Lions matchup with Indiana, they better be ready for a showdown. Penn State has again drawn the ABC primetime slot meaning yet another hyped up game with much anticipation. Additionally, as much as Franklin will try to downplay it, the vast majority of this Penn State team was on the field when they were dealt a crushing loss on a questionable replay review in Bloomington last year. I have no doubt in my mind there’s quite a few players on the Penn State side hungry for revenge after that loss. I think if you combine that with the energy that will once again fill that stadium for a night game, you have the recipe for some juiced up players ready and focused.
As far as the football itself, Indiana has played a tough schedule thus far, having lost to top ranked teams in Iowa and Cincinnati. I think this is important to look at because it allows you to look deeper into their performances against some of the country’s best. One of the things that stuck out to me in those tough games was Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. While he was probably the difference in their win over Penn State last year, he has played well below those standards against Iowa and Cincinnati this year. In those games, he has QBR rating of 15.6 and 32.7 respectively. This will be the key to game this week. If Penn State can limit Penix Jr. to those similar numbers, they should be able come out with a win on Saturday.
I think he plays well, but not well enough and Penn State wins a close one that comes down to the wire.
Penn State 28
Kraigen Rasalla (3-1)
This week calls for a big time revenge game and a Stripe Out at Beaver Stadium as Indiana comes to take on the undefeated, 4th ranked Nittany Lions. The Hoosiers have underwhelmed so far this year, getting blown out by Iowa in the season opener and losing 38-24 to Cincinnati after holding a 14-0 lead in the first half. However, after last season’s opener where Penn State lost in OT to Indiana despite being in control of the game the whole way, I’d expect Penn State to come out with a lot of energy. I think the energy will be especially noticeable after Head Coach James Franklin called his team out for a lackluster practice last week in preparation for Villanova. With ‘Nova being an FCS opponent, I am not surprised with the let down. But, with revenge on the mind and a highly anticipated matchup looming the following week, I think the Nittany Lions come out extremely motivated and beat up on the struggling Hoosiers.
Penn State 35
Cory Lestochi (3-1)
Let me preface this by saying I’m a huge Tom Allen fan. What he has been able to do at Indiana is spectacular and miraculous. That being said, a lot of people in the preseason overhyped the Hoosiers.
They are struggling mightily on offense, mostly do to the turnover bug. Quarterback, Michael Penix Jr. looks half as good as he did last season.
Defensively, they will still be a tough out especially if the Nittany Lions continue to stall in the running game. I wanna see a blowout, but this Indiana team has too much heart and until Penn State shows their dominance in the running game, I think it stays close for the majority of the game.
Penn State 28