Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Indiana Hoosiers – College Football, October 24, 2020

| October 21, 2020 2:32 pm PDT

Penn State opens their 2020 season Saturday afternoon on the road in Bloomington. Will James Franklin and the 8th-ranked Nittany Lions cruise to an easy victory, or will Tom Allen and the Hoosiers be ready to put up a valiant fight?

Let’s dive into a Penn State vs. Indiana prediction and dig up the answer.

Penn State vs. Indiana Odds

Penn State (-7)+100
Indiana (+7)-120
Penn State to Win-245
Indiana to Win+195
Over 59-110
Under 59-110

Oscillating between 6.5 and 7 points, it’s key to shop your Penn State vs. Indiana odds.

Before you lock in a Penn State vs. Indiana pick, know that the Hoosiers are coming off their first 8-win season since 1993 and were fairly trustworthy in the betting arenas.

The Hoosiers covered the spread 61.5% of the time (8-5) and have played the Nittany Lions tough during each of the last two seasons. Indiana lost by a touchdown in University Park in 2019 when Penn State was ranked 9th. The year before, right here at Memorial Stadium, Indiana led late in the third quarter before getting upended by five points.

Previewing the Nittany Lions

Losing star linebacker Micah Parsons (opted-out) stung James Franklin, and Journey Brown’s lingering absence is like pouring salt into the wound. The electric ball carrier who averaged 6.8 ypc may miss the entire year, putting more pressure on Sean Clifford to carry the program.

The good news for the Penn State quarterback is his tight end is a force to be reckoned with. Pat Freiermuth appears to be a surefire first-round draft pick and will be relied upon heavily right from the get-go.

It’ll be an interesting transition for new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, who had the luxury of having standout receivers at his disposal last season at Minnesota. With KJ Hamler now in the NFL, the Nittany Lions offense will be looking for young wideouts to step up to compliment Jahan Dotson.

While there’s some uncertainty surrounding the offensive side of the ball, here’s one thing we can hang our hat on.

James Franklin isn’t looking ahead toward the Halloween date versus Ohio State. Pulling a page out of Bill Belichick’s book, Franklin is locked in on his upcoming opponent.

Previewing the Hoosiers

Despite a heartbreaking loss to Tennessee in the Gator Bowl (Indiana led by 14 with under five minutes to play), the Hoosiers had a fruitful season. Hoping to extend their progression into 2020, quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan takes over the offense after OC Kalen DeBoer took the HC gig at Fresno State.

The good news for Sheridan?

A surging offense that remains intact.

Michael Penix Jr. – the dynamic left-handed quarterback who completed 68.8% of his throws as freshman returns. So do the team’s two leading rushers from 2019 (Stevie Scott III and Sampson James), their top two wideouts (Whop Philyor and Ty Fryfogle), and their stud tight end (Peyton Hendershot).

And for good measure, top defensive player and do-it-all linebacker Micah McFadden – he’s back as well.

Indiana might not have enough to contend with a team like the Buckeyes, but don’t be surprised if the Hoosiers pull off a few upsets in the Big Ten.

Is that a subtle nudge for my Penn State vs. Indiana prediction?

Penn State vs. Indiana Pick

I’m not totally convinced the Hoosiers will win this game, although a couple of Big Ten games are featured in my college football upset picks of the week post. However, the seven-point cushion playing at home is enough to get me to bite.

The Nittany Lions have a few kinks to work out as they must replace a host of defensive studs outside of just Micah Parsons (four Penn State defensive players from 2019 were drafted last April).

Indiana is an emerging team with lots of weapons on offense. In other words, I feel good about backing the Hoosiers to cover on Saturday.  

More Big Ten College Football Picks

After you lock in your Penn State vs. Indiana prediction, be sure to check out the following betting previews to some of the other Big Ten games taking place.

Michael Wynn
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