2010 Penn State Football
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers Football Preview
So, it’s just another game in the Big Ten this week, right? Wrong.
When two Midwestern schools take to the gridiron, they’ll be playing in that familiar Big Ten state known as…. MARYLAND??? Wait a minute – did Big Ten expansion include the Terrapins after all, as was rumored during the wild late-spring weeks of 2010?
No, you can relax. Jim Delany, the conference commissioner, isn’t revving up a jet to College Park anytime soon.
Yes, it’s true that Penn State and Indiana will meet at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, but that’s only because IU sold its home game to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. The paycheck aspect of this game reminds everyone in the college sports industry how hard it is to keep programs under (or on) budget. Indiana is doing what it can to survive off the football field, one week after getting obliterated between the painted white lines.
The Hoosiers have lost four in a row, including an 83-20 massacre at Wisconsin last week. Wisconsin’s 83 points ties for the third-most scored in a Big Ten game. IU quarterback Ben Chappell left the game with a hip injury, and may also miss this week’s contest, which is why the Hoosiers are so distinctly vulnerable… and why their fans might be glad this isn’t a home game in Bloomington, Indiana. Chappell is the straw that stirs the drink for IU, and the Hoosiers will probably struggle mightily without him. Wisconsin led 17-10 when Chappell left the game, and Indiana collapsed without him… unless you think that being outscored 66-10 doesn’t represent a collapse.
Third-stringer Edward Wright-Baker, who completed two of three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in relief last week, will start in Chappell’s place. Backup Dusty Kiel is out with a thumb injury.
As for Penn State, the Nittany Lions got off to a hot start last week at Ohio State, taking a 14-3 halftime lead, but the Buckeyes surged in the second half, scoring 35 unanswered points to win 38-14. A key interception of sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin turned the game around for the Buckeyes. Penn State led 14-10 in the third quarter when McGloin threw a pick that Ohio State’s Devon Torrence returned 34 yards for a touchdown.
McGloin and the Lions offense will try to bounce back this week against a Hoosier defense that ranks 100th in the country, allowing 33.6 points per game. The Lions still have a chance to become bowl-eligible. If they win this game, their season finale against Michigan State will determine PSU's postseason fate.
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