Penn State is 4-1, no matter which way you slice it.
And Saturday's game against Iowa is shaping up to be a big one.
"It's definitely an extremely important game to us, and we definitely have a sense of urgency," Penn State sophomore LB Glenn Carson said.
Senior DT Devon Still agrees.
"I try to let the team know not to dwell in the past," Still said of the history with Iowa. "Because we are trying to grow in the future and we cant dwell in the past, so we just have to go out there and get after it."
The Hawkeyes have come away with eight wins in the past decade over the Lions – and the PSU defense is ready to put an end to that.
"I think we all understand what has happened in the past few years," Carson said. "And I don't think we have executed well in the years past."
He added, "There were so many factors that led to losses for us in years past – we all understand the history versus Iowa at Penn State. And if we didn't than I'm sure that the loss last year at Iowa, with the fans yelling at us reminded us of it."
So this year, the defense knows they have to come up big to ensure a Penn State victory.
"We have obviously realized that they are a great passing team," Still said. "And as a defensive line we want to take some pressure off our secondary and try and get some sacks."
"Each week I think we are getting better and better and meshing together as a unit," Carson said. "And each week if we keep on doing what we are doing and meshing together we are going to be a heck of a defense."
"Every weekend we try to go out there and prove that we are one of the best teams in the Big Ten," Still said. "It's not just Iowa we have to do it every week."
The Penn State defense is ready to lead the way.
"I would say that we are happy, but def not satisfied," Carson said. "Four and one is not a bad spot to be in, but we have a lot of things that we have to work on. And if we want to be the team that we want to be than we have a lot of things to work on."
The Lions hope to use Saturday's game as another big step forward, for the entire team.