Indiana Hoosiers (2-2) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0)
October 2, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -10.5 / Indiana Hoosiers +10.5; Over/Under: 51.5
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The Indiana Hoosiers and Penn State Nittany Lions square off Saturday night in Big Ten conference college football action from Beaver Stadium.
The Indiana Hoosiers will be out to build on a 33-31 win over Western Kentucky in their last game. Michael Penix Jr. leads the Hoosiers with 821 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 55% passing while Stephen Carr leads the Hoosiers in rushing with 336 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ty Fryfogle leads the Hoosiers in receiving with 21 grabs for 224 yards while Peyton Hendershot and D.J. Matthews Jr. each have 100+ receiving yards. On defense, Raheem Layne II leads the Hoosiers with 22 total tackles while Ryder Anderson and Micah McFadden each have a pair of sacks this season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will be out to build on a 38-17 win over Villanova in their last game. Sean Clifford’s thrown for 1,158 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 71.7% passing while Noah Cain and Keyvone Lee each have 100+ rushing yards. Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington each have 300+ receiving yards for Penn State this season while KeAndre Lambert-Smith also has 199 receiving yards for the Nittany Lions this season. On defense, Brandon Smith leads Penn State with 27 total tackles while Arnold Ebiketie has a pair of sacks this season.
Indiana is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games in October. Penn State is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
The Hoosiers were nearly victims of a look-ahead spot against Western Kentucky, but I don’t think that even looking ahead could prep them for what they’re in for here. I’m not the biggest Penn State or Sean Clifford fan, but the Nittany Lions are legit right now and I just don’t know if Indiana and the hype train that’s going along with the Hoosiers is enough to push past the Nittany Lions at home. I’ll side with Penn State in this one.