Penn State vs. Indiana prediction and game preview. The Nittany Lions look to keep rolling when they head to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers.
Penn State vs. Indiana Game Preview
When: Saturday, Nov. 12 – Noon ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
TV Broadcast: ABC/ESPN2
Penn State doesn’t get much mention as being one of the best two-loss teams in the country, and that might be because it has bloomed late. An early loss to Pittsburgh and a 39-point defeat at Michigan had some questioning James Franklin’s job security, but that blocked field goal for a touchdown to beat Ohio State has given Penn State quite a boost. It has won five in a row after blowing out Iowa, 41-14, and is shooting up the rankings in a hurry.
Indiana is not only out to play spoiler, it can become bowl-eligible for the second straight season by pulling off the upset. The Hoosiers have beaten Maryland and Rutgers the last two weeks to get into that position, but knocking off the Nittany Lions will prove to be a much tougher task.
What To Know About Penn State
Despite its recent success, Penn State is still favored by less than a touchdown this week. Saquon Barkley is coming off another big game, running for 167 yards and a touchdown against the Hawkeyes. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry over his last four games and also has combined for 114 yards receiving over the last two.
The Nittany Lions preserved Barkley’s efforts with its best defensive performance of the season, holding Iowa to just 234 total yards. They could be in for a tougher test this week, though, against Indiana’s offensive unit that ranks third in the Big Ten.
What To Know About Indiana
Indiana’s chances for an upset hinge upon stopping Barkley. Rutgers gained only 93 yards on the ground last week as Indiana won, 33-27, but the Scarlet Knights have one of the league’s worst rushing attacks as it averages just 3.78 yards per carry. Penn State averages nearly a full yard more and has scored 22 touchdowns on the ground.
Richard Lagow finished with 394 yards and three touchdowns against Rutgers, but he also threw two interceptions and has 13 on the season, tied for the most in the Big Ten with Purdue’s David Blough. Penn State will take advantage of mistakes like that, and it could be along day for the Hoosiers, especially if Devine Redding can’t pick up some steam early.
Offense: Penn State – Trace McSorley doesn’t throw the ball often, but it’s still impressive that he has nine touchdowns and no interceptions over the last five games.
Defense: Penn State – Garrett Sickels is one of the Big Ten’s better linemen.
Special Teams: Indiana – The Hoosiers are tied with Michigan for the most punts and kicks blocked with four.
Coaching: Penn State – James Franklin has his best team since arriving at Penn State.
Intangibles: Penn State – The Nittany Lions have won 18 of the 19 all-time meetings.
Matchup To Watch
Barkley vs. Indiana’s defense
The Hoosiers will be looking good if it can stuff Barkley early and keep him from finding daylight. But, if he does, it’ll be lights out for Indiana.
Spread: Penn State -6.5
Over/Under: No line as of post
Penn State vs. Indiana Prediction
Barkley secures another 100-yard performance while running for three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions score twice late to win somewhat comfortably.
Penn State vs. Indiana final score prediction: Penn State 31, Indiana 18