Penn State vs Indiana: The Penn State Nittany Lions hope to get back on track as they visit the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday afternoon. Penn State dropped their second straight game as they were beaten 21-17 at home by Michigan State last Saturday. A pair of teams from the East Division of the Big Ten take the field in the Hoosier State in a week 8 contest.
Event: College Football
Team: Penn State vs Indiana
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Penn State had a bye week after losing to Ohio State at home but it didn’t matter. Another last-minute meltdown doomed the Nittany Lions with the winning touchdown coming with just 25 seconds to play. Penn State is 24-5 in their last 29 games but their five losses have all been bitter ones as they’ve come by a combined 12 points.
Indiana started the season with three straight wins but has dropped three of four after getting clubbed by Iowa. The Hoosiers now look to get back in the win column and avoid falling to the .500 mark on the season. Indiana was beaten handily in the total offense department by a 479-330 margin, gave up 26 first downs to their 22 and lost the time of possession battle 33:10 to 26:50 in the contest.
Penn State has been burned their last two games by fourth quarter miscues that ended up costing them dearly. The Nittany Lions had their chances to put those games in the win column but inevitably saw them slip through their fingers. Facing an Indiana team that was just carved up through the air by Iowa has to give them a reason to be confident. McSorley should be able to have a solid game facing the Indiana defense and that should be enough to lead the Nittany Lions to a win here.
In the Penn State Nittany Lions’ last two meetings against the Indiana Hoosiers, Saquon Barkley was limited to less than 60 yards in each contest. Indiana was maybe the best team in the Big Ten when it came to consistently slowing Saquon Barkley during his Penn State days, and linebacker play was a big reason why.