On Saturday afternoon, the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field against the Iowa Hawkeyes looking to get back on track in the Big Ten. Both 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hawkeyes lead their team in a receiving category and should be a challenge for a defense that's allowed 895 passing yards and six touchdowns in the past three games. But even with the talent edge and the Beaver Stadium advantage, you'll want to hear SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh's Penn State vs. Iowa picks and predictions before locking in your play.
Iowa's defense wasn't happy after the 30-24 loss to Penn State on October 27.
Penn State entered last weekend's contest at IN looking to kick a two-game losing streak to the curb.
If Penn State lost the game to Iowa, there was a good chance their season could spin out of control with MI and Wisconsin left on the docket. Hawkeyes' quarterback, junior Nathan Stanley, had a hot and cold day accumulating 205 yards on 18 completed passes, but also giving up two interceptions at untimely points in the game.
Senior quarterback Trace McSorley had a solid game, throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown as well as scoring one touchdown on a 51 yard run.
"We had a great defensive plan", Stone said.
With quarterback Alex Hornibrook missing the game because of a concussion and the defense without several injured starters, it was simply a rough afternoon for Wisconsin.
"One of the good things about today was we were able to come out on the positive end of one of these games", McSorley said. "I just tried to rush it with the play clock running down".
In a season that started with College Football Playoff ambitions, No. 17 Penn State enters Week 9 in a position where roles are reversed from what might have been expected to start the season.
THE TAKEAWAY - Iowa: The Hawkeyes have lost three straight years to Penn State and five straight overall in the series, but they are still very much in contention to win the Big Ten West. Penn State: The Nittany Lions had lost their last two home games, to Ohio State and Michigan State, by blowing fourth-quarter leads.
"This one's going to hurt", Ferentz said. "I said: 'Look I need to the whole package".
POLL IMPLICATIONS - Penn State will move up a few spots. All the way out? He returned with 4:32 left in the first half and Iowa up 17-14. The score extended the Iowa lead to 12-0.