The Penn State Nittany Lions, led by sophomore quarterback Drew Allar, had a rough week last week but still managed to win against the Illinois Fighting Illini, 30-13. The Nittany Lions are undefeated at 3-0 heading into the “White Out” game in Happy Valley, where they are currently ranked seventh in the AP Poll.
The No. 24 Iowa Hawkeyes had their most successful game of the season in Week 3. With Cade McNamara at the helm, the Brain Ferentz attack exploded for 41 points and a perfect 3-0 record.
In order to cover the large point spread or pull off an upset this weekend, Iowa will need to score a lot of points. The Hawkeyes rely heavily on their tight ends, with Erick All recording the game’s longest reception (34 yards) last week. He’s the team’s second-leading receiver this year, trailing only the injured Luke Lachey (also a tight end). Seven catches for 81 yards is a total for everybody.
After two games, Drew Allar had the third-best passer rating in the country, behind only Caleb Williams and Michael Penix Jr. Allar only had 16 of his 33 passes successful last week, for 208 yards and zero touchdowns. He carried the ball six times for 24 yards, but Penn State’s passing game was abysmal.
In the Big 10, there are three clubs that are simply on a different level than the rest of the league. Michigan and Ohio State are established facts, but Penn State is in the middle. However, the Nittany Lions and James Franklin have yet to show themselves against the likes of Michigan and Ohio State.
As a result, it seems like whenever Penn State wins a game, the conversation instantly changes to how they’ll do against the conference’s top teams. The Nittany Lions gained only 5.0 yards per play last week, and Drew Allar performed terribly; yet, their defense forced five turnovers, and their running game was effective enough for them to win and cover the spread with relative ease.
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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Game Information
- Date: 09/23/2023
- Time: 07:30 PM ET
- Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA.
- How to Watch Iowa vs Penn State: CBS
- Live Stream: fubo.tv