Week 4 is a massive week for college football, with several matchups between ranked teams, and this Big Ten matchup in Happy Valley is just one of them, as the 24th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Beaver Stadium to take on the 7th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. Each team comes into this game with their perfect record still intact at 3-0, but this will easily be the biggest test for either team so far. The atmosphere in Happy Valley for this night game should be incredible, so the Hawkeyes will really be up against a lot as they look to pull off a huge road upset to take their season to the next level.
The visiting Iowa Hawkeyes come into this game off a blowout 41-10 home win against Western Michigan, and while their opponent isn’t exactly impressive, it should feel very good for the Hawkeyes that their offense was finally able to break out in a way. By now everyone knows what this defense is made of, and last week was no different as they shut the Broncos offense down for most of the game. However, while the Hawkeyes offense finally scored a lot of points, it wasn’t necessarily due to their passing attack, as QB Cade McNamara completed under 50% of his passes for just 103 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Their rushing attack led the way, especially RB Leshon Williams who rushed for 145 yards on just 12 carries. The passing game will have a lot of work to do before week 4 if they want to come out on top against Penn State.
The host Penn State Nittany Lions are set for their 3rd home game of the season, following their first Big Ten win of the season last week at Illinois. Penn State controlled the game from the beginning, and never really looked back as they cruised to a 30-13 win. Highly regarded QB Drew Allar didn’t have his best game, going just 16/33 for 208 yards with no touchdowns, but at least he did not have any turnovers, and let his balanced rushing attack, and stout defense lead the way to victory. In a matchup of 2 incredible defenses between the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions, it’s hard to not see a low scoring, tight game, but ultimately I don’t think Iowa has enough firepower on offense to pull off a big road upset. I’ve been high on Penn State all year and I’m taking them to get the job done in this one, but they will get their money’s worth with that Hawkeyes defense.
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