How the hell did we lose to Indiana last year? No, seriously, Indiana sucked, we didn't suck, and when you add those two together, Penn State should have won. Hell, Penn State should have at least been competitive. But that's why last year's game in Bloomington was so brutal.
Indiana, which allowed 38.8 points per game on the year, beat Penn State, 44-24. It was Indiana's second best defensive effort of the season. Navy and Indiana State -- which is an FCS school, for christ's sake -- score more points on IU than PSU. Christian Hackenberg threw the ball 55 times. Penn State couldn't run the ball effectively. Its defense couldn't stop
that weird horse bscaff made up because he couldn't think of anyone notable who wore No. 60 Old Coaly from rumblin' and bumblin' and stumblin'.
Luckily, Penn State learned from last year's abomination. Penn State knows what it needs to do to beat Indiana in Indiana again, which Bill says is "one of the weirdest environments ever, because the stadium is beautiful, the pregame intro for the team is awesome, and the crowd is like one of those psychotic USA soccer crowds ESPN kept showing, only the exact opposite." AND YOU KNOW WHAT, INDIANA? YOU KNOW WHAT?
YOU, INDIANA, WILL NOT BEAT PENN STATE IN 2014.
Here's the thing with Indiana: its offense is legitimately terrifying. Sure, it lost wide receiver Cody Lattimer, who may have been the most underrated WR in America last year, but Indiana need not worry.
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QuarterBack Nate Sudfeld aught 2 be calld nate STUDfeld imho
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Sudfeld got jerked around in an unfair QB battle with Tre Roberson last year. It was unfair because Sudfeld is better than Roberson, who transferred. The keys are in Sudfeld's hands, and it would be surprising if he didn't do something impressive behind the wheel of this well-oiled machine.
The Hoosiers also feature running back Tevin Coleman, who is also really good. The problem is he's carrying most of the load this year, as opposed to handling things with Stephen Houston, who is now a New England Patriot.
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mayb he should cal him self Stev NEW ENGLAND
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Indiana will need to replace its top two receivers and its top tight end, but we're willing to bet that its offense will be fine. Its defense...uh...
Yeah. It's bad. Here are some numbers:
- 117th: Indiana's rank among FBS teams in terms of points per game allowed in 2013
- 38.8: Amount of points per game Indiana allowed last year
- 113th: Indiana's rank among FBS teams in terms of 3rd down defense in 2013
- 46.5 percent: Percentage of third downs defenses converted
- 115th, 118th: Indiana's rank among FBS teams in terms of rushing and passing defense in 2013
- 237.8, 290.2: Rushing and passing yards allowed per game by Indiana last year