Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Memorial Stadium Bloomington
Logo Penn State Nittany Lions
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Logo Indiana Hoosiers
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OPENER
54.5

-13.5 -110
CURRENT
55o -115

-565
MONEYLINE
+405

45
SCORE
14

When last season's College Football Playoff rankings rolled out for the first time, Penn State was nowhere to be found.

But that's not the case this year.

Penn State was ranked 15th by the CFP selection committee, and it will look to show that it's worthy of that ranking when it meets Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

In order to do that, PSU is going to have to get back to its winning ways.

After winning five straight games to open the season, the Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have lost two of their last three following a 44-31 setback against Ohio State last Saturday.

Penn State trailed just 16-14 after three quarters, but the Buckeyes broke out for 28 points in the fourth. Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford completed 32 of 47 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted three times. Receiver Parker Washington was also impressive, hauling in 11 receptions for 179 yards and a score.

Clifford has thrown for 1,816 yards and 16 TDs this season. However, the recent losses to conference opponents have made Penn State coach James Franklin consider mixing things up under center, and he could opt to start true freshman Drew Allar at quarterback against Indiana (3-5, 1-4).

"For us, we're gonna look at who gives us the best chance to be 1-0 this week and go from there. And whoever that is based on this week's practice and preparation, we'll go with," Franklin said. "That's really kind of how it's been all year long."

Allar has only appeared in six games, throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 18-for-31 passing.

The Hoosiers certainly wouldn't be opposed to facing a quarterback with less experience, though, as they're in serious need of a spark after falling 24-17 at Rutgers on Oct. 22 to drop their fifth consecutive game.

Indiana captured an early 14-0 lead, but gave up 24 unanswered points before Charles Campbell kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:18 left in the fourth to pull within seven. Connor Bazelak completed 24 of 42 passes for 210 yards and an interception while adding a rushing touchdown.

Leading receiver Cam Camper (46 receptions, 569 yards, two TDs) tore his ACL in the first half of the meeting with the Scarlet Knights and will miss the rest of the season, making matters worse for the Hoosiers.

If there is any positive heading into Saturday, it's that Indiana should be well rested after regrouping during its bye week.

"The thing I focused on was rehab, reps and rest. You had guys in different categories," Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said. "Some guys needed to rehab injuries. Some guys needed to just flat-out rest, didn't practice them at all, some of our older guys that got a lot of snaps.

"A lot of guys got a lot of good reps. Did a younger guys scrimmage on Wednesday. Some live reps, had some fun with that. ... A chance to be able to do some positive things."

Penn State has dominated the all-time series, winning 23 of the 25 meetings between the teams. Indiana last won on Oct. 24, 2020, upsetting the then-No. 8 Nittany Lions in Bloomington.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Penn State Nittany Lions
32
18
Indiana Hoosiers

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Sophomore quarterback Mike Penix scored the game-winning points on a two-yard run on a two-point conversion in overtime, rallying Indiana to a 36-35 upset of No. 8 Penn State at Bloomington, Ind.

It was Indiana's first win over a Top 10 team since beating No. 9 Ohio State 31-10 on Oct. 10, 1987.

With Indiana down 28-20 with less than two minutes to go in regulation, Penix drove the Hoosiers (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) 75 yards and scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 22 seconds left.

After Indiana flubbed a squib kick, Penn State had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but a 57-yard field goal attempt by kicker Jordan Stout fell short.

Sean Clifford started the overtime period with a 9-yard TD pass to wide receiver Parker Washington and Penn State added the extra point to go up 35-28.

That set the stage for Penix, who threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Whop Philyor to cut Penn State's lead to 35-34. Indiana coach Tom Allen then chose to go for two points, and Penix scrambled and hit the pylon with the ball to secure the win.

Clifford passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns for Penn State (0-1, 0-1), rallying the Nittany Lions from down 10 points in the second half.

A Clifford 35-yard touchdown run to end the third quarter cut Indiana's lead to 17-14, then Clifford connected with receiver Jahan Dotson on a 60-yard TD pass to put Penn State up 21-20 with 2:30 remaining. After Indiana turned the ball over on downs, Penn State went up 28-20 with 1:42 left on a 14-yard TD run by Devyn Ford.

Indiana took a 17-7 lead into halftime, cashing in 10 points off a pair of Clifford interceptions in the first half. The Hoosiers converted on a 34-yard field goal off a Jaylin Williams interception, cutting Penn State's lead to 7-3.

Then, after a 14-yard Stevie Scott TD run put IU up 10-7 with 8:12 left in the second quarter, safety Jamar Johnson intercepted a Clifford pass and returned it 18 yards down to Penn State's 4-yard line. Two plays later, Scott scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, extending Indiana's lead to 17-7.

Penn State jumped to an early 7-0 lead, driving 64 yards on 13 plays to open the game, capped by a fourth down 2-yard TD pass from Clifford to tight end Pat Freiermuth.

The Nittany Lions had a chance to cut into Indiana's lead before halftime, but backup quarterback Will Levis lost a fumble at Indiana's 7-yard line, Penn State's third fumble of the first half.

Penn State safety Lamont Wade recovered a Scott fumble with two seconds left in the first half at Indiana's 7-yard line, but kicker Jake Pinegar's 24-yard field goal attempt bounded off the left upright, allowing the Hoosiers to stay up 17-7.

--Field Level Media

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