IOWA HAWKEYES (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) @ (12) PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten)
WHERE: Beaver Stadium – University Park, PA
KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network
LINE: PSU -7
It may not be the sexiest game on the docket in the Big Ten but it has as much implications in the standings as the other high-profile game Saturday night when the Hawkeyes travel to Happy Valley. While Iowa is merely a shadow of their 2015 edition that went undefeated, they are still not meant to be taken lightly, and I’m sure the Lions will be prepared for that.
Iowa is still very much in the hunt for a Big Ten West Division crown and potentially wreaking havoc in the College Football Playoff picture. They still have games at home against both Michigan and Nebraska. They’ve also had two weeks to prepare after putting up a real clunker at home against Wisconsin.
Penn State meanwhile is suddenly sitting real pretty after the CFB Playoff Committee awarded them the No. 12 ranking in the initial polls. They have a better record than Iowa, but have a much more difficult path to get to the conference title game. They have the home win over Ohio State, but got dumptrucked by Michigan earlier in the year. They’d need to win out and have the Wolverines slip up at least once to have a chance.
The all-time series leans slightly in favor of Penn State, 13-12. The Lions have won the last two meetings, but that was way back in 2012.