When the Penn State Nittany Lions visit Bloomington this week, history will be on their side. Penn State has never lost to Indiana and the Nittany Lions dominated last year’s matchup. However, this game could present a challenge, as the Hoosiers boast one of the best passing offenses in the nation. Penn State’s secondary is going to have to be on top of its game in order to prevent the upset.
Penn State is ranked third in the Big Ten Conference in pass defense, giving up a respectable 183.2 yards per game. However, the Nittany Lions struggled to stop the pass in their loss to Central Florida, giving up 288 yards and three touchdowns to quarterback Blake Bortles.
Like Central Florida, Indiana runs a high-powered offense with a quarterback who throws the ball all over the field.
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has completed 65 percent of his passes in the first four games this season. He’s racked up 1,146 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. He has the luxury of having several talented receivers who all possess big-play ability.
Currently, Indiana has four receivers with 14 or more receptions and at least 150 yards receiving.
Cody Latimer leads the team with 346 receiving yards. His longest is a 77-yard catch against Missouri. Wide receiver Shane Wynn and tight end Ted Bolser both lead the team with four touchdowns. Wynn’s longest play this year is a 68-yard touchdown catch in the game against Missouri.
Without a doubt, Indiana has a potent offense that’s shown the ability to put up a lot of yards and points. The Hoosiers rank eighth in the nation with 348.5 passing yards a game and are 11th in the country, scoring 44.5 points a game.
Penn State’s defensive backs are going to be busy on Saturday trying to cover all of the Indiana receivers. However, with a solid pass rush, the Nittany Lions should be able to disrupt Sudfeld’s timing and keep the Hoosiers from putting up the gaudy numbers they have thus far.
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