Big 10 Football gets back in play this weekend after more than two months after most other conferences started their seasons. When the season was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the BIG 10 Conference along with the Pac-12 announced that they would not play any games this season. After months of negotiations and stricter testing standards, both conferences are returning. For Big 10 teams, the schedule is trimmed down to eight games and all the games will be limited to in-conference matchups.
The Big 10 slate of games got underway on Friday, October 23 by #14 Wisconsin beating Illinois 45-7. On Saturday, #8 Penn State takes on Indiana in the Hoosiers' house. The Nittany Lions are coming off a superb season going 11-2 with an explosive 53-39 win against Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. With a lot of success, they still weren't able to move past the cream of the crop of the Big 10 in Ohio State and got upset by a Minnesota team that surprised a lot of people in the conference. After they ranked second in the conference behind the Buckeyes, look for them to take the next step in the East Division in the 2020 campaign.
For the Hoosiers, they are coming off a much improved season in 2019 compared to their 2018 campaign. That year they went 5-7 with a 2-7 conference record. In 2019, they went 8-5 and just narrowly lost the Gator Bowl to Tennessee 22-23. While they won't be expected to light up the conference, they'll look to stack up back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1993 and 94 seasons.
What TV Channel is Penn State-Indiana on?
Penn State-Indiana will be shown on at 2:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NCAA Football Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Penn State-Indiana
When: Saturday, October 24
Where: Memorial Stadium - Bloomington, IN
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch College Football free with fuboTV)
Many expect this Nittany Lions team to make the next jump after steady progression under head coach James Franklin. He has been building a contender since 2014 and won the conference in 2016. But what gives this group confidence is second-year starter QB Sean Clifford. He will build on top of his brilliant debut campaign when he threw for 23 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. Against Indiana last year, he didn't throw particularly well though going 11-23 but he made up for it on the ground scoring two rushing touchdowns. This may be their best chance to compete for the Big 10 title in four seasons.
Penn State only beat Indiana by a touchdown last season and the Hoosiers could make this one interesting also. They have a dual-threat QB of their own in Michael Penix Jr. He was injured in November of last year and did not start against Penn State. Penix Jr. is out to prove he can stay healthy and be the leader on this team. He put on weight in the offseason for durability. After missing time in the past two seasons, look for him to have a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Maybe, just enough to upset the Nittany Lions.
Penn State-Indiana Betting Odds
Penn State Odds: -6.5
Indiana Odds: +6.5
Money Line: Penn State -235 - Indiana +195