Staff Predictions: No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana
After a scare in Iowa last weekend, No. 4 Penn State is back at home Saturday to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. Quarterback Richard Lagow and his squad hope to once again challenge the Nittany Lions to take revenge after a tight clash last season.
Our sports staff isn’t quite convinced that Indiana can pressure Penn State in Beaver Stadium, though.
Steve Connelly (4-0): Penn State 49, Indiana 24
Penn State will roll once again. Indiana’s defense won’t be able to stop the Nittany Lions for four quarters, but it will be interesting to see how Brent Pry’s defense keeps up with an up-tempo offense. Hoosier QB Richard Lagow gave Penn State a good fight last season, and battled pretty well with Ohio State to open the season, so expect Indiana to at least be able to put up a couple touchdowns.
Elissa Hill (4-0): Penn State 42, Indiana 14
The Nittany Lions took a few years off every Penn State fan’s life last week, but Penn State should be able to handily pull off a win in its first home Big Ten matchup of the season against Indiana. Saquon Barkley is fast, but he’ll look even faster wearing white cleats in Beaver Stadium this Saturday.
Expect big numbers from Barkley this weekend to top off an already exciting offensive run from Juwan Johnson and Trace McSorley. We haven’t seen much from Mike Gesicki yet this season, but I’m betting on a big catch or two from the senior receiver this weekend. This’ll be a big opportunity for Penn State’s defensive line to prove its worth against a quick offense for the Hoosiers. Tempo, tempo, tempo, tempo, tempo.
Anthony Colucci (4-0): Penn State 45, Indiana 17
Forget the first half of Indiana’s game against Ohio State or what Richard Lagow did to Penn State’s defense last November with an upset on his mind. The Hoosiers haven’t looked great or beat anyone special this season and Lagow is off to a relatively slow start. They also meet a Penn State team coming off an emotional win in one of the toughest environments in the nation. I expect Penn State to get off to a fast start unlike last week, resume its Beaver Stadium offensive tirade, and roll to an easy victory, kicking off another long streak of games of scoring over 30 points.
Mikey Mandarino (3-1): Penn State 45, Indiana 14
After last week’s scare against Iowa, Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium for their conference home opener against Indiana. Earlier this year, the Hoosiers hung with Ohio State for a while before eventually getting blown away in the second half, but that game was also played at their home stadium.
The Nittany Lions should have no problems with Indiana this weekend on their home turf. Expect Saquon Barkley to add to his Heisman campaign with two or three signature big plays, but I also expect Juwan Johnson to have a big game. The receiver will surely have more confidence on the field after his heroics last week at Kinnick Stadium.
Ethan Kasales (4-0): Penn State 47, Indiana 17
I see the Nittany Lion defense forcing its third safety of the season (hence the 47) in a game that should be over by the third quarter. James Franklin said Wednesday he thought the “Generations of Greatness” throwback uniforms would generate a little juice. With all due respect to the Hoosiers, the white cleats are perhaps the most exciting thing coming to Beaver Stadium Saturday.
Mitch Stewart (3-0): Penn State 42, Indiana 21
Much like the Hoosiers-Buckeyes game we saw during the opening week, I think Richard Lagow and his plethora of talented receivers will pose a new challenge for Penn State’s stingy defense. Brent Pry’s group has the second-best scoring defense in the country, but has yet to face any offense that is nearly as good as this Indiana one.
However, the defense for the crimson and white is absolutely abysmal, and I think that JoeMo’s guys will step up and hang another 40 point game up. Last week’s win over Iowa ended a 12 game streak of scoring 30 or more points that dated back to last year’s Homecoming win over Maryland. Expect Barkley and company to easily get back to their high-scoring ways in a game that should turn into a shootout.
Nathaniel Pinskey (2-0): Penn State 45, Indiana 9
How is everyone feeling after last week? After this game, you will be feeling a lot better! We all knew the horrors of Kinnick Stadium, but we also know what this team is capable of. Look for Saquon to continue to build upon his stellar statistics and McSorley to regain his confidence after an amazing last drive against Iowa. Penn State should be able to easily put away the Hoosiers and Marcus Allen and Co. will be jamming post-game in the locker room.
Matt Fox (2-0): Penn State 41, Indiana 17
Following their last-second heart-stopping victory last week at Iowa, the Nittany Lions return to the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium to take on Indiana. The Hoosiers’ passing attack will cause the Penn State secondary some headaches, but ultimately Richard Lagow and his offense won’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Nittany Lions’ offense. Look for Saquon Barkley to run riot and Trace Mcsorley to add a few touchdown passes en route to a comfortable Penn State victory.
Shane Coolen (0-0): Penn State 38, Indiana 13
Last year, Indiana led Penn State until the fourth quarter and had Nittany Lion fans more than restless for much of the game. Look out for a very intriguing matchup between the nation’s top running back and All-American senior linebacker Tegray Scales. Last week, Iowa’s stud linebacker Josey Jewell put up a fight but ultimately had his hands full against Saquon Barkley. Indiana’s edition of an All-American linebacker is Scales, who led the country last season with 23.5 tackles for loss and finished the season 10th in total stoppages.
On the offensive side, Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow and his talented group of receivers put up 410 yards against the Buckeyes’ highly touted defense in week one. Indiana will present Penn State’s secondary its biggest challenge so far, but all in all the Hoosiers will be outmatched by the Nittany Lions’ talent on both sides of the ball. Look for Barkley to have a big first half and McSorley to take shots down the field early in the game, as well.