Penn State entered the season under a postseason ban, but this has been a season of redemption for the football program. They have surprised everyone with a relatively strong campaign.
That includes senior quarterback Matt McGloin, who has been one of the most improved players in the Big Ten.
The team's last two losses to Nebraska and Ohio State saw the Nittany Lions lose some bite.
However, they are hoping to rebound against 4-6 Indiana, who are coming off of an embarrassing 62-14 home loss to Wisconsin, on Saturday at home.
Here's a look at the matchup on Saturday.
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. ET
Watch: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: BTN2Go
Betting Line: Penn State -19, Over/Under 56 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
What's At Stake?
Penn State is still under the cloud of the Jerry Sandusky scandal to an extent, but you have to admire what the players have done in the wake of it.
The Nittany Lions won't be going to a bowl game this season, but all they can do is continue to make positive strides until their postseason ban is lifted.
Indiana must beat Penn State and Purdue to go bowling this season.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
K Mitchell Voss - Ankle - Questionable
LB Jacarri Alexander - Neck - Questionable
OL Bernard Taylor - Wrist - Questionable
OT Curtis Dukes - Concussion - Questionable
G Mark Arcidiacono - Foot - Questionable
What They're Saying
The season-ending injury to Matt McGloin's No. 2 option, tight end Kyle Carter, likely means a shift in philosophy for the senior quarterback.
As ESPN noted, McGloin threw to tight ends twice for every three times he targeted receivers when Carter was in the lineup.
That ratio has dropped to one for every three when Carter has been out of the lineup.
McGloin looked to wideout Brandon Moseby-Felder with Carter out last week against Purdue.
The result? Moseby-Felder caught six balls for 129 yards, both career highs for the junior.
Of course, McGloin may not throw much at all against Indiana this week, considering the Hoosiers gave up...wait for it...564 rushing yards against Wisconsin last week. It was the most Indiana had ever allowed to an opponent at Memorial Stadium in its 53-year history.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson talked to the Courier-Journal about the school record, saying, "I didn’t know it was a school record, but I said during the game that they’ll get 500 the way we’re defending. When someone runs the ball like that it’s very demoralizing."
Indiana Player to Watch: Cameron Coffman, QB
The Hoosiers have to score a lot of points just to say competitive with the way they've been playing defense.
Sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman has thrown for over 1,900 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions this season, including going 21-of-33 for 315 yards and three touchdowns in the 24-21 victory over Iowa two weeks ago.
He's Indiana's best shot of doing damage against Penn State on Saturday.
Penn State Player to Watch: Zach Zwinak, RB
Sophomore running back Zach Zwinak, perhaps overshadowed by Matt McGloin this season, has had a strong campaign, rushing for 684 yards and four touchdowns in his last seven games.
That includes four 100-yard games on the ground, including the career-high 141 yards he posted against Nebraska last week.
Key Matchup: Indiana Run Defense vs. Penn State Running Game
If I was Kevin Wilson I'd probably bring some aspirin with me to the game.
He's likely going to have a headache by the time this one is through.
Zwinak's surge this season, combined with the fact that Indiana can't seem to stop the run, could make this yet another nightmare contest for the Hoosiers.
Indiana has allowed 5.17 yards per carry (115th in the FBS, per CFBStats.com) and 24 rushing touchdowns (tied for 105th) this season.
Prediction: Penn State 34, Indiana 14
Penn State's running game, combined with its pass defense, doesn't make this a pleasant matchup for Indiana.
I expect this to be a nice confidence-booster for Penn State and a game Indiana would rather soon forget.
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