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Nittany Lions vs Hoosiers Game Preview

Penn State Nittany LionsIndiana Hoosiers
Oct 1, 12:00 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers Odds


The Nittany Lions will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Hoosiers in Indiana at Memorial Stadium on Saturday in Week 5 action.

This season the Hoosiers are 1-3 overall and 2-2 ATS against the number, while the Nittany Lions are 3-1 and 0-4 ATS. As for the totals, Indiana is 2-2 on the OU, and Penn State is 0-3.

View Penn State vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks have set the Hoosiers as 18-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Hoosiers - Nittany Lions odds would favor the Nittany Lions if the lines were set according to power ranks. Indiana is rated No. 96 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Nittany Lions sit at No. 14. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 35-24 win for the Nittany Lions.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 71-ranked offense (27.5 PPG) against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 10 at 12.5 PPG. The Hoosiers passing attack has averaged 274.2 yards per game, more than the Nittany Lions give up through the air (148.2 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Nittany Lions own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 74 yards per game when on the road. Indiana, on the other hand, rates No. 36 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Last time out for Penn State, they were a 34-6 winner as they battled Eastern Michigan at home. Penn State failed to cover in the match as a 28.5-point favorite, while 40 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Indiana was a 24-21 loser on the road against North Texas. They failed to cover the 5.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (45) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 6-4

Indiana Hoosiers Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 1-9

A few Nittany Lions at Hoosiers trends to consider:
Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games on the road
Penn State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games at home
Indiana is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Penn State
Indiana is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Penn State home to Iowa, Saturday, October 8
Indiana home to Illinois, Saturday, October 8