STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Indiana’s already tough college football gets even tougher on Saturday night when the Hoosiers take on No.4-ranked Penn State under the light of loud and hostile Beaver Stadium.
Indiana is 2-2 this season, losing to No.5 Iowa and No.7 Cincinnati. They are the only team in the country to face three of the top seven teams this season. Penn State is 4-0 and looks like the best team in the Big Ten.
Indiana is a big underdog in this game, but they beat Penn State as a 7-point-a-year dog and covered the spread in 2019 here, losing 34-27 when the Nittany Lions scored a late touchdown.
Indiana’s story against the AP’s top five teams is not a good one. The Hoosiers are 1-64 against the top five enemies, with the only victory coming in 1967 when Purdue, ranked No.3, in the Old Oaken Bucket game to win the Big Ten and qualify for the Rose Bowl for the first time in its history. .
Here’s how to watch Indiana’s game with Penn State, complete with time of play and TV info, the latest on point distribution and coaching and game nuggets.
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How to watch Indiana at Penn State
- Who: Indiana Hoosiers at Penn State Nittany Lions
- When: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Or: Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.
- TV: ABC
- Flux: Watch FuboTV
- TV Advertisers: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) & Molly McGrath (sideline).
- Radio: IU radio network; Sirius 113, XM 196, SXM App 958
- Radio announcers: Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) & Joe Smith.
- Point of deviation: Penn State is a 12.5 point favorite over Indiana, according to the SIsportsbook.com website Saturday morning.
- This year’s records: Indiana 2-2; Penn State 4-0
- Records from last season: Indiana 6-2; Pennsylvania State 4-5
- Series history: Penn State leads the all-time series, 22-2. Indiana’s two wins came in Bloomington – the other victory came in 2013 – so they’re 0-11 at Beaver Stadium, dating back to 1993. On Indiana’s last visit in 2019, Penn State a won 34-27 but Peyton Ramsey threw for 371 yards that day and the outcome was not decided until Sean Clifford capped an 18-play, 75-yard run with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:22 to go.
- Last meeting: The teams last met during the COVID-delayed season opener on October 24, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana, with the Hoosiers winning 36-35 in overtime over the No. 8. Indiana made a dramatic comeback for the win, with Michael Penix Jr. scoring a touchdown with 22 seconds left and then securing the two-point conversion to tie the game. Penn State scored a touchdown in overtime, but the Hoosiers responded right away, with a pass from Penix TD to Whop Philyor. Indiana coach Tom Allen decided to make two, and Penix dove and stretched the ball towards the pylon, scoring the score and winning.
- Coaches: Tom Allen is in his fifth season as head coach of Indiana. He has an overall record of 26-24. His 24 wins are the biggest ever for an Indiana coach in his first four seasons. This is his first stop as a head coach in college. James Franklin of Penn State is in his eighth season at Penn State. There is a 64-28 record and a 39-23 record in Big Ten games. He also coached at Vanderbilt for three years (2011-13) and has an RF 88-43 overall record.
- Rankings: Penn State is ranked # 4 in the Associated Press or Coaches polls. The Hoosiers were ranked No. 17 in both preseason polls, and it was the first time Indiana has been ranked in the preseason AP poll since 1969. They fell from the top 25 after the loss to Iowa and ceased to receive votes two weeks ago after the loss to Cincinnati. They still don’t get any votes in the AP poll, but got two votes in the coaching poll after beating Western Kentucky. In the Sagarin computer rankings, Indiana is ranked No. 55 and Penn State is No. 12.
- Time: According to weather.com, it will be a beautiful night at State College, with clear skies and a temperature of 63 degrees at kickoff.
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