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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

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Iowa's offense is humming lately thanks to an effective ground game, and if the Hawkeyes continue their upswing, coach Kirk Ferentz can reach a significant milestone Saturday afternoon.

Iowa looks to maintain its effective run game at Penn State, and if the Hawkeyes can beat the winless Nittany Lions, Ferentz would become only the fourth coach in Big Ten history to win 100 Big Ten games.

Iowa (2-2) opened the season with close losses to Purdue and Northwestern, but then dominated Michigan State and Minnesota by a combined 84-14.

The last two wins placed Ferentz on the cusp of joining select company in the conference. One more means he'll join Woody Hayes (152), Bo Schembechler (143), and Amos Alonzo Stagg (115) as the only coaches to win 100 conference games.

Iowa's 35-7 rout of Minnesota was fueled by an effective running back tandem of Tyler Goodson and Mekhi Sargent, who combined for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Goodson has back-to-back 100-yard games, and has five rushing touchdowns this season.

"We're really finding out who we are as a team," Goodson said. "It builds our confidence knowing that we can beat any team. We expect great things in the future, and I believe this team can make those things happen."

Iowa has struggled to effectively run the ball in the past four meetings with Penn State (0-4), averaging 79.2 yards in those games. While the Nittany Lions' 129.5 rush yards allowed are fifth-best in the conference, they are off to their first 0-4 start since finishing 2001 with a 5-6 record.

Penn State enters allowing 34.8 points per game, which is the third-worst in the conference.

Last week's 30 points by Nebraska was the fewest the Nittany Lions have allowed all season, but the offense gave them a sense of hope in that 30-23 loss by gaining 501 yards and nearly overcoming a 21-point halftime deficit. The comeback attempt was led by sophomore quarterback Will Levis, who was 14-of-31 for a career-high 219 yards after replacing junior Sean Clifford in the second quarter.

As of Tuesday, coach James Franklin did not commit to Levis starting over Clifford, who has completed 56.9 percent (74-for-130) of his passes for 896 yards, with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

"Will came in and did some good things and put himself in this position and he's earned (consideration)," Franklin said Tuesday. "No different than Sean earned the ability to be our starting quarterback last year and our starting quarterback to start the season."

Penn State has won the last six meetings and 11 of the 20 meetings since the Nittany Lions joined the conference in 1993.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Penn State W 41 - 21
  • @Minnesota W 35 - 7
  • Michigan State W 7 - 49
  • Northwestern L 21 - 20
  • @Purdue L 20 - 24
  • Southern California W 24 - 49
  • @Nebraska W 27 - 24
  • Illinois W 10 - 19
  • Minnesota W 19 - 23
  • @Wisconsin L 22 - 24
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Iowa L 41 - 21
  • @Nebraska L 23 - 30
  • Maryland L 35 - 19
  • Ohio State L 38 - 25
  • @Indiana L 35 - 36
  • Memphis W 39 - 53
  • Rutgers W 6 - 27
  • @Ohio State L 17 - 28
  • Indiana W 27 - 34
  • @Minnesota L 26 - 31

Next Games

  • Nebraska(11-23-18) W 28 - 31
  • @Michigan(11-03-18) L 7 - 42

Last Meetings

  • Hawkeyes @ Nittany Lions 41-21
  • Nittany Lions @ Hawkeyes 17-12
  • Hawkeyes @ Nittany Lions 24-30
  • Nittany Lions @ Hawkeyes 21-19
  • Hawkeyes @ Nittany Lions 14-41
  • Nittany Lions @ Hawkeyes 38-14
  • Hawkeyes @ Nittany Lions 3-13
  • Nittany Lions @ Hawkeyes 3-24
  • Hawkeyes @ Nittany Lions 21-10
  • Nittany Lions @ Hawkeyes 23-24

Atlantic Coast

AtlanticWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Clemson Tigers71 0.8750.00.00.0 5-02-17-0-1
NC State Wolfpack63 0.6671.50.00.0 4-12-26-0-3
Boston College Eagles54 0.5562.50.00.0 3-22-25-0-4
Wake Forest Demon Deacons43 0.5712.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
Louisville Cardinals36 0.3334.50.00.0 3-20-43-0-6
Florida State Seminoles26 0.2505.00.00.0 2-20-42-0-6
Syracuse Orange18 0.1116.50.00.0 1-40-41-0-8
CoastalWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Miami Hurricanes71 0.8750.00.00.0 4-03-17-0-1
North Carolina Tar Heels62 0.7501.00.00.0 4-02-26-0-2
Pittsburgh Panthers54 0.5562.50.00.0 4-21-25-0-4
Virginia Cavaliers44 0.5003.00.00.0 4-10-34-0-4
Virginia Tech Hokies45 0.4443.50.00.0 2-22-34-0-5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets25 0.2864.50.00.0 1-31-22-0-5
Duke Blue Devils26 0.2505.00.00.0 1-31-32-0-6

Big Ten

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Ohio State Buckeyes40 01.0000.00.00.0 3-01-04-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers41 0.8000.50.00.0 2-02-14-0-1
Maryland Terrapins21 0.6671.50.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Michigan Wolverines23 0.4002.50.00.0 0-22-12-0-3
Michigan State Spartans13 0.2503.00.00.0 0-21-11-0-3
Rutgers Scarlet Knights14 0.2003.50.00.0 0-31-11-0-4
Penn State Nittany Lions05 0.0004.50.00.0 0-30-20-0-5

Conference USA

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Marshall Thundering Herd70 01.0000.00.00.0 5-02-07-0-0
Florida Atlantic Owls51 0.8331.50.00.0 4-01-15-0-1
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers46 0.4004.50.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders36 0.3335.00.00.0 0-33-33-0-6
Charlotte 49ers23 0.4004.00.00.0 1-01-32-0-3
Florida International Panthers05 0.0006.00.00.0 0-30-20-0-5

Mid-American

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bulls30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Kent State Golden Flashes30 01.0000.00.00.0 2-01-03-0-0
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks11 0.5001.50.00.0 1-00-11-0-1
Ohio Bobcats11 0.5001.50.00.0 1-00-11-0-1
Akron Zips03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-10-20-0-3
Bowling Green Falcons03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-20-10-0-3

Southeastern

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Florida Gators61 0.8570.00.00.0 3-03-16-0-1
Georgia Bulldogs52 0.7141.00.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
Missouri Tigers33 0.5002.50.00.0 2-11-23-0-3
Kentucky Wildcats35 0.3753.50.00.0 2-21-33-0-5
Tennessee Volunteers25 0.2864.00.00.0 1-21-32-0-5
South Carolina Gamecocks26 0.2504.50.00.0 1-31-32-0-6
Vanderbilt Commodores07 0.0006.00.00.0 0-40-30-0-7

Sun Belt

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers80 01.0000.00.00.0 5-03-08-0-0
Appalachian State Mountaineers62 0.7502.00.00.0 4-02-26-0-2
Georgia Southern Eagles63 0.6672.50.00.0 5-01-36-0-3
Georgia St. Panthers44 0.5004.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4
Troy Trojans44 0.5004.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4

Mountain West

MountainWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Boise State Broncos41 0.8000.00.00.0 2-12-04-0-1
Air Force Falcons22 0.5001.50.00.0 2-10-12-0-2
Wyoming Cowboys12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Colorado State Rams12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
New Mexico Lobos04 0.0003.50.00.0 0-10-30-0-4
Utah State Aggies04 0.0003.50.00.0 0-20-20-0-4

Pacific-12

NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Oregon Ducks30 01.0000.00.00.0 2-01-03-0-0
Washington Huskies20 01.0000.50.00.0 2-00-02-0-0
Washington State Cougars11 0.5001.50.00.0 0-11-01-0-1
Oregon State Beavers12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-10-11-0-2
California Golden Bears02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-00-20-0-2
Stanford Cardinal02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-10-10-0-2
SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Southern California Trojans30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Colorado Buffaloes20 01.0000.50.00.0 1-01-02-0-0
UCLA Bruins12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Arizona State Sun Devils01 0.0002.00.00.0 0-00-10-0-1
Utah Utes01 0.0002.00.00.0 0-10-00-0-1
Arizona Wildcats02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-10-10-0-2

American Athletic

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Cincinnati Bearcats80 01.0000.00.00.0 6-02-08-0-0
Southern Methodist Mustangs72 0.7781.50.00.0 3-14-17-0-2
Tulsa Golden Hurricane51 0.8332.00.00.0 3-02-15-0-1
Memphis Tigers52 0.7142.50.00.0 5-00-25-0-2
Central Florida Knights53 0.6253.00.00.0 2-23-15-0-3
Tulane Green Wave55 0.5004.00.00.0 2-23-35-0-5
Houston Cougars33 0.5004.00.00.0 2-21-13-0-3
Navy Midshipmen34 0.4294.50.00.0 1-22-23-0-4
East Carolina Pirates26 0.2506.00.00.0 0-32-32-0-6
Temple Owls16 0.1436.50.00.0 1-20-41-0-6
South Florida Bulls17 0.1257.00.00.0 1-20-51-0-7

Big 12

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Oklahoma Sooners62 0.7500.00.00.0 4-12-16-0-2
Iowa State Cyclones62 0.7500.00.00.0 4-12-16-0-2
Texas Longhorns52 0.7140.50.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
Oklahoma State Cowboys52 0.7140.50.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
West Virginia Mountaineers53 0.6251.00.00.0 5-00-35-0-3
Kansas State Wildcats44 0.5002.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4
Texas Christian Horned Frogs34 0.4292.50.00.0 1-32-13-0-4
Texas Tech Red Raiders35 0.3753.00.00.0 3-20-33-0-5
Baylor Bears15 0.1674.00.00.0 1-10-41-0-5
Kansas Jayhawks07 0.0005.50.00.0 0-30-40-0-7

Independents I-A

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Brigham Young Cougars90 01.0000.00.00.0 6-03-09-0-0
Notre Dame Fighting Irish80 01.0000.50.00.0 5-03-08-0-0
Liberty Flames81 0.8891.00.00.0 5-03-18-0-1
Army Black Knights72 0.7782.00.00.0 6-01-27-0-2
Massachusetts Minutemen03 0.0006.00.00.0 0-00-30-0-3

Big Ten

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Northwestern Wildcats50 01.0000.00.00.0 3-02-05-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes32 0.6002.00.00.0 1-12-13-0-2
Wisconsin Badgers21 0.6672.00.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Purdue Boilermakers22 0.5002.50.00.0 1-11-12-0-2
Illinois Fighting Illini23 0.4003.00.00.0 0-22-12-0-3
Minnesota Golden Gophers23 0.4003.00.00.0 1-21-12-0-3
Nebraska Cornhuskers13 0.2503.50.00.0 1-10-21-0-3

Conference USA

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners64 0.6000.00.00.0 4-12-36-0-4
UAB Blazers43 0.5710.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs43 0.5710.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
North Texas Mean Green33 0.5001.00.00.0 2-31-03-0-3
Texas El Paso Miners34 0.4291.50.00.0 2-01-43-0-4
Southern Miss Golden Eagles27 0.2223.50.00.0 1-51-22-0-7
Rice Owls12 0.3331.50.00.0 0-11-11-0-2

Mid-American

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Western Michigan Broncos30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Ball State Cardinals21 0.6671.00.00.0 2-00-12-0-1
Toledo Rockets21 0.6671.00.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Central Michigan Chippewas21 0.6671.00.00.0 1-11-02-0-1
Eastern Michigan Eagles03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-10-20-0-3
Northern Illinois Huskies03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-20-10-0-3

Mountain West

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Nevada Wolf Pack50 01.0000.00.00.0 3-02-05-0-0
San Jose State Spartans40 01.0000.50.00.0 3-01-04-0-0
Fresno State Bulldogs31 0.7501.50.00.0 1-12-03-0-1
San Diego State Aztecs32 0.6002.00.00.0 2-11-13-0-2
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors23 0.4003.00.00.0 1-11-22-0-3
UNLV Rebels04 0.0004.50.00.0 0-20-20-0-4

Southeastern

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Alabama Crimson Tide70 01.0000.00.00.0 4-03-07-0-0
Texas A&M Aggies51 0.8331.50.00.0 3-02-15-0-1
Auburn Tigers52 0.7142.00.00.0 4-01-25-0-2
Louisiana State Tigers33 0.5003.50.00.0 1-12-23-0-3
Mississippi Rebels34 0.4294.00.00.0 1-32-13-0-4
Arkansas Razorbacks35 0.3754.50.00.0 2-21-33-0-5
Mississippi State Bulldogs25 0.2865.00.00.0 1-21-32-0-5

Sun Belt

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns71 0.8750.00.00.0 3-14-07-0-1
South Alabama Jaguars36 0.3334.50.00.0 2-31-33-0-6
Arkansas St. Red Wolves36 0.3334.50.00.0 2-11-53-0-6
Texas State Bobcats29 0.1826.50.00.0 1-41-52-0-8
UL Monroe Warhawks08 0.0007.00.00.0 0-40-40-0-8

Last Injuries

Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Zack Kuntz

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sat | probable

    Kuntz has missed the last four games with an undetermined injury, but he is expected to be active against Michigan on Saturday.

  • Devyn Ford

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Ford is dealing with an injury to an unlisted location, leaving his status against Michigan on Saturday up in the air.

  • Des Holmes

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Holmes has sat out the previous two games with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will face Michigan on Saturday.

  • Pat Freiermuth

    Undisclosed
    out for season | out

    Freiermuth suffered a significant unspecified injury, ending his season.

Iowa Hawkeyes

  • John Waggoner

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Waggoner missed the last game due to an unannounced injury, and his status for Friday's matchup with Nebraska is in question.

  • Coy Cronk

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Cronk has been absent from the lineup during the last three games due to an undefined injury, and it remains to be seen if it will impede his status for Friday's contest versus Nebraska.

  • Kyler Schott

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Schott has been held out the previous three games due to an unlisted issue, and his status for Friday's matchup with Nebraska remains hazy.

  • Max Cooper

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Cooper has been sidelined due to an unlisted issue, and it is unknown when he will return to action.

  • Matt Lorbeck

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Lorbeck has been sitting out due to an unspecified injury, and it is unclear when he will return.