Iowa’s dominance over Penn State has been one of the odder things about following the Nittany Lions. Since I enrolled, I have only seen Penn State beat the Hawkeyes in person once (2007). In fact, the Nittany Lions have only beaten the Hawkeyes 3 times total in this span (1995, 1999, 2007) with tight loses in 1996, 2000 (OT), 2002, 2004 (the infamous 6-4 game) (OT) 2008 and 2009. It has been just a brutal series for some reason. A pennlive.com blog has all the grisly details since Kirk Ferentz took over from Hayden Fry in 2000.
I don’t think Penn Staters are going to be happy Saturday night. As we saw last year, Iowa’s defensive line is dominant and as we’ve seen for a few season now, Penn State’s offensive line is not. I just don’t see Rob Bolden having much time to throw or Evan Royster having room to run.
Iowa’s offense is solid with senior Ricky Stanzi at quarterback, especially since he cut his interceptions this season. Their running game is banged up though, but that is not specifically a weak spot. In fact the only weak spot is special teams which cost them at Arizona earlier this season. A special teams touchdown and a short field based on a good return, whether by turnover or in the kicking game, are the only ways I can see Penn State stealing a win. Those may not still be enough.
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