No. 7 Penn State Football (3-0) aims to hold serve in the annual White Out game, against No. 24 Iowa (3-0), and take a big step towards securing a Big Ten Championship and ultimately the program’s first berth in the College Football Playoff.
While the Nittany Lions will face few ranked opponents outside of Ohio State and Michigan this season, and the weather could put a damper on one of the greatest environments in sports, Saturday night still promises to be a fascinating clash between conference rivals.
Here’s how our staff sees Saturday night playing out.
Penn State Football vs. Iowa Picks, Predictions
Robert Casturo, Senior Penn State Football Reporter
Iowa’s defense will be another good test for Penn State’s offense.
Illinois gave Penn State plenty of offensive challenges, frustrating the offense for much of the game, while Penn State still scored 30 points.
Drew Allar has a bounce back game and continues his streak of not turning the ball over as Penn State pulls away in the fourth quarter.
Penn State 28 – Iowa 13
Joe Staszak, Penn State Football Reporter
Quarterback Drew Allar guides the No. 7 ranked PSU offensive attack into a white-out crowd Saturday night in Happy Valley.
The sophomore QB is completing 67.0 percent of his passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns without an interception so far this season. He also has 52 yards and a score on the ground.
Allar also has the luxury of throwing in a very target-rich environment as well.
KeAndre Lambert-Smith has 13 catches for 220 yards and a pair of scores while Harrison Warren III and Tight End Tyler Warren round out a very dangerous corps of pass-catchers for Allar and the Nittany Lions.
The Nits are a two touchdown favorite versus the #24 ranked Hawkeyes who will be their toughest test of the young season so far. Just too many athletes for an above average Iowa team to handle in a very hostile environment Saturday night.
Penn State wins but falls short of the cash windfall.
Penn State 30 – Iowa 17
Nolan Foster, Penn State Football Reporter
Did you know six years ago, on Saturday, Trace McSorley threw the game-winner to Juwan Johnson on the last play to beat Iowa? What a game and season that was. Saturday will mark this season’s whiteout. If you’ve never experienced this firsthand, I suggest you do. It’s truly like no other environment in sports.
This Saturday will be Penn State’s test to see if they can fix some of their errors against a good Illinois defensive unit. Iowa needs some pieces on the offensive side, so I will watch how the defense plays on that side of the ball.
Penn State gives the fans what they want on their white-out night and takes care of business quickly.
Penn State 55 – Iowa 17
Evan Smith, Senior Penn State Basketball Reporter
David Malandra, Penn State Sports Reporter
Defense is going to be the story of the game, as Iowa will not be able to handle the pass rush. Meanwhile, Drew Allar will have 200 yards passing, and running back Nick Singleton will have 110 yards and a touchdown as Penn State wins.
Penn State 27 – Iowa 10