Beaver Stadium hasn’t been a friendly place recently for Penn State football.
Penn State football ended its two-game losing streak in Week 8 with a road win over Indiana. Up next is a big home matchup with the always-tough Iowa Hawkeyes. Home has not been good for the Nittany Lions, as they dropped heartbreakers in each of their last two home games.
With two losses, the Nittany Lions are essentially out of the conversation for the College Football Playoff. However, a New Year’s Six bowl berth is still within reach, as long as the Nittany Lions take care of business the rest of the season.
The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 17 this week and still need to find more consistency on an offense that was one of the most potent in the nation to start the year. The team has struggled a bit over the past few weeks, but still rank No. 15 in total offense.
Senior quarterback Trace McSorley still has a shot a getting his name in the running for the Heisman Trophy, and he’ll need to continue his solid play against the Hawkeyes.
Iowa enters the game ranked No. 18 in the nation with a record of 6-1. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 23-0 victory against Maryland and have won three-straight games. Their only loss so far came at the hands of Wisconsin.
The Hawkeyes are led on offense by junior quarterback Nate Stanley. Wide receiver T.J. Hockenson and tight end Noah Fant.
Over the years, Iowa and Penn State have played several close and entertaining games. Last season, the Nittany Lions need a last-second touchdown pass from McSorley to Juwan Johnson to leave Iowa with a win.
Penn State holds a slim 15-12 margin in the all-time series with the Hawkeyes.