No. 18 Penn St starts string of contenders with No. 18 Iowa

Hawkeye fans wait in the rain for 2009 Iowa Penn State football game at Beaver Stadium in State College Pa. The forecast for today’s game also called for rain

Penn State Football: Week 8 Studs and Duds against Indiana

Iowa's biggest threats offensively were passes to tight ends sophomore T.J. Hockenson and junior Noah Fant as well as a consistent run game through sophomore running back Mekhi Sargent and sophomore Toren Young. However, Penn State was able to come-from-behind and pull out a 30-24 victory.

For the Nittany Lions to make it through this stretch 3-0, they'll need their defense to continue to play at the level they did against Ohio State and Michigan State. McSorley is still dynamic, with 554 yards on the ground and eight rushing touchdowns, but he's taken a major step back as a passer in his senior season and it's proving costly.

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Penn State now enters perhaps their toughest three game stretch of the season with home games against Iowa and Wisconsin sandwiched around a showdown at MI. Lion receivers have dropped 22 passes this season, among the most in the country by any team.

Geno Stone's pick-6 sparked Penn State's offensive near-meltdown in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to just 3 points.

Penn State hasn't lost three straight at home since 2015.

Iowa expects to have linebacker Jack Hockaday (knee) back after he missed the last two games. He's now 3-of-3 passing for 43 yards in his career. Iowa likely intends to squeeze Miles Sanders and Trace McSorley in the run game, forcing the quarterback to beat them in the air. Gross-Matos took the starting job only because Shane Simmons was out with an injury to start the year, but he now has 19 tackles and four sacks in his last two games.

Who covers Iowa vs. Penn State? Hawkeyes' quarterback, junior Nathan Stanley, had a hot and cold day accumulating 205 yards on 18 completed passes, but also giving up two interceptions at untimely points in the game. This performance could be just what Pinegar needed for confidence and a turnaround.

The Nittany Lions took down IN in a close game last weekend to get back IN the win column after the back-to-back losses, but the Hawkeyes will be looking to notch their first road win over a ranked team this season and their fourth victory IN a row.

If McSorley is out for the rest of the game it would be a huge blow to the Penn State offense.

Penn State hosts Iowa in a Big Ten Conference matchup Saturday at 12:30 PM PDT.

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