Penn State at Indiana - 10/24/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Indiana Hoosiers (0-0) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0)
Game Info: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Indiana Hoosiers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in week 8 college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are coming off an 11-game winning season that ended with victory in the Cotton Bowl. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won three of their last five road games. Sean Clifford returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,600 yards and 23 touchdowns. Penn State returns a wide receiver trio in Pat Freiermuth, Jahan Dotson and Daniel George that combined for 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. PSU returns its leading rusher in Journey Brown who led the Nittany Lions with 890 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State lost its top-three tacklers, but Lamont Wade is back after 67 tackles, Jayson Oweh had five sacks and Marquis Wilson had two interceptions as a freshman. Penn State may have some growing pains early with a defense that lost a lot of production, but the offense is in good shape with a proven quarterback and playmakers on the outside. The Penn State Nittany Lions are once again a team that can push the rest of the Big Ten.
The Indiana Hoosiers are coming off an eight-win season that ended in the Gator Bowl. The Indiana Hoosiers have won four of their last six home games. Michael Penix Jr. should get the ball at quarterback after throwing for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Indiana returns a wide receiver trio of Whop Philyor, Peyton Hendershot and Ty Fryfogle that combined for 2,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Stevie Scott III is back at running back after leading the Hoosiers with 845 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Micah McFadden returns after leading Indiana with 61 tackles, Jerome Johnson had five sacks and Reese Taylor had one interception. The Indiana Hoosiers have been making strides with their football team over the last decade, and they have to be excited about the group they have this season. Indiana has proven prediction in all areas of offense and the defense has experience in the front seven. Indiana is no longer the pushover in this conference and can’t be taken lightly.
The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf, 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hoosiers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Nittany Lions last 6 road games. The over is 5-2 in Hoosiers last 7 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Indiana. The home team is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are probably the better team from top to bottom, but they lost a lot of production on the defensive side and it could take some time to adjust to a lot of new faces. The Indiana Hoosiers return a lot of production on both sides of the ball and have an explosive offense with a playmaking quarterback leading the way. We also can't ignore that Indiana gave Penn State a run for its money last year on the road, losing by just seven points to a top-10 Nittany Lions squad. That was a three-point game early in the fourth quarter. I've said before, Indiana is not a pushover any longer.
Give me the Hoosiers and the free touchdown.