Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten East) vs Indiana Hoosiers (2-1; 0-1 Big Ten East)
3:30 p.m. ET, September 30, 2017--BTN
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)
Note: All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA except for strength of schedule, which is not ranked by the NCAA and instead taken from Team Rankings; it will be taken from S&P+ when that site has them up (after week 7).
The Redzone TD% and Redzone TD% Defense are calculated by me and not ranked by the NCAA. Determining who has the advantage in these categories is strictly my arbitrary judgment.
While it’s still relatively early to rely too much on these numbers (there’s a reason why Bill Connelly’s S&P+ still uses preseason projections in their factoring), the numbers will slowly regress to the mean. One thing that is for sure, though? This Penn State team is, on paper, a lot better (subjective, I know) than the Hoosiers team that is coming to Happy Valley this weekend.
But, this is Indiana and they are the team that can do almost anything. If this wasn’t at Penn State, I’d say we could throw out most of the numbers, because crazy things happen in Bloomington (as evidenced by last year’s PSU game, or this year’s kickoff against Ohio State, who didn’t pull away til late). But this Penn State team defends its home turf well, and is flying high off a great win under the lights in Kinnick last week. These numbers should be more or less borne out on the field.
What say you all?