(10) PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) at INDIANA HOOSIERS (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten)
WHERE: Memorial Stadium – Bloomington, IN
KICKOFF: Noon ET on ABC/ESPN2
LINE: PSU -8
Penn State looks like one of those teams that is playing better as the season goes on. They are merely a shadow of the team that was trounced 49-10 against Michigan back in Week 4 of the regular season. Their average margin of victory over their last four games is 23 points and their defense is allowing only a little more than 18 points per contest. It’s the type of season head coach James Franklin needed, as he’s already matched his win total from each of the last two seasons.
On the surface of things, Indiana looks like the team you don’t want to have a bad day against because their explosive capability on offense will run people out of the stadium in a heartbeat. However, the combined win-loss record of the three teams they’ve beaten in league play is just 2-16. Conversely, the overall record of the teams they lost to in conference play is 12-6. Headcoach Kevin Wilson has done a great job making the IU program more relevant and competitive in the Big Ten picture, but they have a tall task to make it consecutive bowl game appearances.
What makes it even more of a tall task for the Hoosiers is being dominated by Penn State seemingly every time these two share the field. All-time, PSU has won 18 of the 19 meetings head-to-head. Indiana’s lone win came not too long ago in 2013, a 24-20 victory at home.