Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten East) vs Indiana Hoosiers (2-2; 0-1 Big Ten East)
7:30 p.m. ET, October 2, 2021--ABC
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)
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.
It’s about what you would expect having watched both teams so far this year. Indiana’s not had an easy path, with losses to two top ten teams in Iowa and Cincinnati; Penn State’s schedule’s been difficult as well, but their two top twenty five matchups have ended in wins, both home and away.
The Nittany Lions’ numbers may be a little deflated due to some garbage time scores in weeks two and four, but the defensive numbers (particularly the secondary) are better than we’ve seen in a few years out of the blue and white.
For special teams, the matchups seem more even than I would have expected, with both teams having punted 18 times on the season (and PSU returning 7 kickoffs to IU’s 8). It’s the redzone opportunities for the offenses that will tell the story - Penn State’s offense has only visited the red zone 13 times, with a lot of the scoring (particularly last week’s) coming from plays that started outside the redzone.
What say you all?