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BSD Prediction Roundtable: Indiana

Penn State is 16-0 against Indiana. Will they make it 17 this year?

Andy Lyons

bscaff: Follow. BUT! Follow only if ye be men of valor, for the entrance to Indiana's Memorial Stadium is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair. So, brave Nittany Lions, if you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth.

Penn State 47-38

Jersey Nick: I'm going to continue to predict Christian Hackenberg's first 400 yard game until it happens. Hack will throw for 437 yards and 3 touchdowns on the Hoosiers' sorry defense. A-Rob will be the recipient of most of the good lovin' Hack will be spreading around, catching 9 passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns, with one of those touchdowns being a 50+ yard screen play, akin to his heavenly spin move play of last season. Akeel Lynch will be the leading rusher on the day, but Zwinak will continue with his Montee Ball-esque touchdown hoarding spree and run in 2 short ones.

The defense is going to struggle to keep up with Indiana's offense in this one, you can count on that. This offense is legit, and will provide more than a few scary moments for Nittany Lion fans. Deion Barnes will pick up a few sacks, purely based on the fact that Indiana will be throwing the ball so much, they're bound to get caught a few times. In the end, the defense will provide enough stops for the Lions to win the shootout, but it will not be pretty.

As far as my plans, I'll be at The Second to watch the game, as usual. You should come join me. Maybe Bill will make an appearance as well. I'll be consuming liquids of devilish nature. A good time will be had by all. Plus you'll know who Bill and I are, before you get to know us as the destructive drunks we will be at Cari's tailgate for the Michigan game. Win win!

Penn State 42-30

Chad: The defense doesn't quite live up to the shutout standard they set against Kent State, but Penn's State's running backs have an absolute field day against Indiana's dreadful front seven. Hack rebounds with a 200 yard, 70% completion rate performance. The Hoosiers score in garbage time to make it closer than it ever actually was. Mike Hull marks his return with a pick six, Sean Lee-style.

Penn State 35-24

Old Nick: I think will be a game where both offenses take turns marching up and down the field. Unlike the UCF game, Penn State should manage to make just enough defensive stops and have fewer turnovers than the Hoosiers to come out on the positive side of the decision. Could be much closer than many expect as Indiana manages to keep the score respectable when the Nittany Lions play in Bloomington.

Penn State 52-35

Bill: A few weeks ago, there was a podcast where either Cari or Adam said that they don't know if they can handle Penn State being in shootouts. This game certainly has that potential, but here's the thing: Indiana has kind of sucked this year against teams that are good. They got smacked by Missouri and lost to Navy. Their two wins? Indiana State and Bowling Green. Not exactly worldbeaters.

I think Christian Hackenberg eventually gets into a groove, but I think Bill O'Brien decides to run it down Indiana's throats. Indiana is last in the Big Ten in rushing defense -- partly because they played Navy -- and I think that with a bye week to prepare, O'Brien puts together a gameplan that involves tons of running. Once that's established, Hack City and Allen Robinson go off.

Unfortunately, I'll be at the game, so I can't make a prediction for how much Nick will drink. I'm just going to guess he has one Bud Lite Lime-A-Rita in preparation of next week's liver-quivering We Are Tailgate.

Penn State 45-28

Galen: I'm going the unconventional route in my prediction, I don't see the shootout everyone is expecting. The line on Indiana is they have a terrible run defense and a decent pass defense. I think the former is true but the later isn't. Navy is 103rd in the nation passing and the two teams that have decent pass offenses (Missouri and Bowling Green) threw for 343 and 273 yards respectively. That's not great pass defense.

So what does this mean for Penn State? Simple, Penn State will definitely run the ball but, they will establish the run to set up play action. We all know BOB loves him some play action and Indiana is tailor-made for play action. I think Hack goes off and the Penn State defense plays better against a good passing team and does enough to hold off any comeback by Indiana. Indiana notoriously starts off slow and Penn State has been starting off fast on the road (outscored teams 52-6 on road games in the 1st quarter last year). That's a recipe for a thumping.

Penn State 35-17

From The Podcast:

Adam: Penn State 28-20

Dan: Penn State 42-21

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