Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions this football season.
Game details: at Indiana, kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET, broadcast on ABC.
Records: No. 15 Penn State (6-2, 3-2), Indiana (3-5, 1-4).
Venue: Memorial Stadium (52,656), Bloomington, Indiana.
Weather forecast (via Accuweather): High of 68, with rain showers in the morning. Mostly cloudy with the rain tapering off; windy in the morning, turning warm in the afternoon.
The line: Penn State -15.
All-Time Series: Penn State leads 23-2. The Nittany Lions have emerged victorious in seven of the last eight matchups.
Last Week: Penn State dropped a tough one to No. 2 Ohio State, 44-31, after leading midway through the fourth quarter. Indiana is coming off a bye but lost the week prior to Rutgers, 17-24. The Hoosiers have lost five-straight games. Their last win came against Western Kentucky on Sept. 17.
Last Meeting (2021): Penn State blanked Indiana in Beaver Stadium, 24-0. The Penn State defense held Indiana to 264 total yards, while Ji’Ayir Brown and Joey Porter Jr. each had a pick. Sean Clifford threw three touchdown passes, including two to Jahan Doston and one to Brenton Strange.
The Lead: The Nittany Lions can’t afford to dwell on their defeat to the Buckeyes last Saturday with a trip to Bloomington now on tap. Penn State can already match last season’s win total (7) with a triumph over the Hoosiers and maintain a decent position to earn a New Year’s Six Bowl Berth.
Indiana is one of the Big Ten’s basement dwellers thus far and lost to Rutgers the last time it played. With that result in mind and coming off a bye, expect head coach Tom Allen’s to come out a little feisty in front of the home crowd at Memorial Stadium and keep it competitive with Penn State early.
With all due respect though, this game shouldn’t be close entering the fourth quarter. Penn State proved last week it has what it takes to hang with the best of the best in the Big Ten, outplaying Ohio State for most of the afternoon. Now, it’s about matching that level of play every time the Nittany Lions take the field.
Scouting Indiana: Indiana has struggled on both sides of the ball in conference play, ranking last in the Big Ten in scoring defense and 11th in scoring offense.
Missouri transfer Connor Bazelak hasn’t quite hit his stride for the Hoosiers, completing 208-of-379 passes (55%) for 2,099 yards and 12 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.
Indiana also ranks dead last in the Big Ten in rushing offense with just 80.4 yards per game. Shaun Shivers leads Hoosier ball-carriers with 405 yards on the season.
Keep An Eye On: Parker Washington. Washington has been playing some stellar football over the past few weeks and set career highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (179) against Ohio State. His 179 yards are the ninth-highest in a single game in Penn State history. Washington joined Jahan Dotson as the only Nittany Lion receivers to have multiple 100-yard receiving games against Ohio State.
Roar Tour: We’re looking forward to another fun Roar Tour event in Bloomington this weekend before Penn State takes on Indiana. Penn Staters can also join us on Nov. 19 in Piscataway before the Nittany Lions face Rutgers. Get all the details for our Roar Tour regular season finale at Rutgers here. We hope to see you there.
Penn State In The Polls: Penn State checks in at No. 15 in this season’s first College Football Playoff Rankings, one of four Big Ten teams to feature in the rankings — Ohio State (No. 2), Michigan (No. 5) and Illinois (No. 16) are the other three. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 16 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Trivia tidbit, Part 1: Penn State has registered 60 pass breakups this season, 15 more than any other FBS team.
Trivia tidbit, Part 2: Penn State and Indiana first played in 1993, the Nittany Lions’ first season in the Big Ten.
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