Game Preview

The Indiana Hoosiers will take on the Penn State Nittnay Lions Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, IN. Legendary coach Joe Paterno will be looking for his first win in the Big Ten this year, while Indiana head coach, Gerry DiNardo, will be looking for his best season so far with the Hoosiers. Penn State has dominated the series over the years, winning all nine games in the series, including last year's 52-7 pounding in Happy Valley.

This is a very different Penn State team however. The offense is poor at best, averaging just over one touchdown per game during Big Ten play. Penn State will miss a bowl this year, and if they lose on Saturday, they nearly guarantee being last in the Big Ten. Fans are concerned that their aging legend, Joe Paterno, may not be able to keep up with the game these days during his 39th year at the school. How bad have things gotten for the active coach with the second most wins? Against Iowa, they lost by a final of 6-4, thanks to an offense that could not move the ball at all.

The defense is the bright spot though, and will look to derail an Indiana attack that has been successful lately. Senior QB Matt LoVechio has played very well his last few games, but had to come out of the Illinois game during a crucial time with a concussion. With LoVechio out, the Hoosiers threw two picks, and lost the game. Penn State should hold down the Indiana attack, but if the Hoosiers can must a pair of touchdowns in the game, it very easily could be enough to beat the Lions. Indiana will be able to run the ball with some effectiveness against the front 4 of Penn State's line. The strength is in the line backing core, as Linebacker U can still produce some great players to roam the middle of the field. Indiana can also take advantage of the deep ball if LoVechio can be accurate, but the best strategy could just to keep the ball moving forward and win the battle of field position in the game.

To make matters worse for the Nittnay Lions offense, their kicking game is very poor, connecting on only 40% of their field goals. This has left the coaching staff very uneasy, and they will often go for the first instead of risk the field goal. This is very easily the worst Penn State team since they joined the Big Ten, but the real question is will Indiana be able to overcome some of their problems and beat the Lions for the first time?

The Hoosiers will have the added incentive that Saturday is Senior Day, and 18 seniors will be playing their last game. If the Hoosiers win, they will also mark their highest win total since Gerry DiNardo took over as head coach in 2002. The Hoosiers can prove that wins against a pair of ranked opponents earlier in the season were signs of a program building success, and not just fluke victories. Senior's Matt LoVechio and Courtney Roby must find each other downfield for the Hoosiers to be successful, and they will be plenty motivated to do so. Penn State will be playing for plenty of pride and to avoid the Big Ten basement. The Lion's love coach Joe Paterno and do not want to have a winless Big Ten season with him at the helm. They will be playing their hearts out for old PSU, but unfortunately it will not be enough.

Penn State simply lacks the offense to score enough points to win in the Big Ten. With LoVechio at the helm, the Hoosiers do not often shoot themselves in the foot with turnovers, and they will not allow the defense to set up offensive scores. Indiana can win this game by simply controlling the ball, and working it down the field. Penn State may be favored to win the game by 4, but the Hoosiers should win this one by a touchdown. Look for the team to step up for the Seniors and give them a good sendoff during their last game at Memorial Stadium.

Gametime is set for noon, and the game will be televised on the ESPN+ network as well as on ESPN Gameplan. You can also always listen to the game on the Indiana Radio Network.

Injury Updates: QB Matt Lovechio is expected to play. CB Tracey Porter may see action again on Saturday, it will be a game time decision. CB Troy Grosfield and P Tyson Beattie are back after serving suspension. TE Aaron Halterman is expected to play after hurting his knee against Illinois, however if he does play, it will be reduced minutes.

Graduation Seniors: K Adam Braucher OL Chris Voltattorni FB Randy Cate WR Courtney Roby TE Aaron Halterman DT Jodie Clemons WR Travis Haney LB Cleo Harbison OL Chris Jahnke SS Herana-Daze Jones WR David Lewis DT Martin Lapostolle QB Matt LoVechio LB Kevin Smith K Bryan Robertson LB Luke Stone WR Patrick Thompson LS Kyle Warriner Good luck to all of them in their future endeavors, and hopefully they have enjoyed their time at Indiana. Top Stories