Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (0-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The winless Penn State Nittany Lions host the Iowa Hawkeyes when they meet on Saturday in Big Ten conference college football action from Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to build on back-to-back wins, getting back to .500 at 2-2 with a 35-7 beating of Minnesota last time out. Spencer Petras has thrown for 759 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 59.7% passing while Tyler Goodson leads Iowa with 375 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns and Mekhi Sargent has 208 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Sam LaPorta leads Iowa with 133 receiving yards while Tyrone Tracy Jr., Nico Ragini and Ihmir Smith-Marsette each have 100+ receiving yards and Brandon Smith has a pair of receiving touchdowns this season. On defense, Nico Niemann leads Iowa with 32 total tackles including 17 solo tackles while Riley Moss has 17 solo tackles as well. Jack Koerner leads Iowa with 3 interceptions and Moss has a pair of picks while Zach VanValkenburg has a team-high 3.5 sacks and Daviyon Nixon has 3 sacks this season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are in dire need of a win after a 30-23 loss to Nebraska last time out. Sean Clifford has thrown for 896 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 56.9% passing while also rushing for 169 yards while Devyn Ford leads Penn State with 207 rushing yards and a pair of TDs. Jahan Dotson leads Penn State with 23 grabs for 388 yards and 5 touchdowns while Pat Freiermuth also has 23 receptions for 310 yards and Parker Washington has 19 catches for 225 yards and 3 scores this season. On defense, Ellis Brooks leads Penn State with 31 total tackles including a team-high 15 solo tackles while Jayson Oweh is right behind with 27 total tackles including 15 solo tackles of his own. Brandon Smith leads Penn State with a pair of sacks while Lamont Wade and Brandon Smith each have an interception this season.
Iowa is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Penn State is 5-19-2 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 conference games. Iowa is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Penn State.
It’s not often that you get Penn State at home as an underdog, but I think that goes to speak to how far this program has fallen this season. I mean the talent is there and James Franklin is as good of a coach as any in the country, but the results just are not there this season. Iowa’s building steam after kicking the crap out of Minnesota in their last game and against a reeling Penn State team, I think Iowa makes it 3 straight. I’ll lay the points with the Hawkeyes here.