Top three performances against Penn State

Hawkeye fans wait in the rain for 2009 Iowa Penn State football game at Beaver Stadium in State College Pa. The forecast for today’s game also called for rain

Penn State’s Post-Iowa Report Card

Iowa (6-2, 3-2) drove to the Nittany Lions 44 in the final minute. The 1-2 punch of running back Miles Sanders and McSorley could make things extremely hard on the Iowa defense. But even with the talent edge and the Beaver Stadium advantage, you'll want to hear SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh's Penn State vs. Iowa picks and predictions before locking in your play.

McSorley was 4-for-8 passing for 54 yards with a touchdown before exiting the game.

Those numbers aren't incredible, but the fact that McSorley went down with an apparent lower-body injury in the second quarter makes me hesitant to criticize him much at all.

Penn State now enters perhaps their toughest three game stretch of the season with home games against Iowa and Wisconsin sandwiched around a showdown at MI.

Freshman phenom linebacker Micah Parsons has been getting more and more snaps in recent games, and his 36 tackles this season are just one shy of the team lead.

It's quite possible Penn State suffers from nightmares of their last trip to Ann Arbor in 2016, where they found themselves on the wrong end of a 49-10 shellacking.

Penn State played three series in the second quarter without McSorley.

With quarterback Alex Hornibrook missing the game because of a concussion and the defense without several injured starters, it was simply a rough afternoon for Wisconsin. Leake, a sophomore, finished with 140 yards rushing, including scores of 64, 27 and 43 yards. Iowa's rangy defensive line is among the top units in the country so offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne may have to get more creative to keep the rush away from McSorley.

There's still a chance Iowa can play for a Big Ten title in Indianapolis, but a lot has to happen after Saturday's 30-24 loss to Penn State. Penn State came out of the game with a 30-24 win, making their record 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. This play helped the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes take a 12-0 lead against the 17th-ranked Nittany Lions, and it was certainly needed.

After losses to Ohio State and Michigan State, both at home, Penn State will have a hard time getting back into the East Division race. Hawkeyes' quarterback, junior Nathan Stanley, had a hot and cold day accumulating 205 yards on 18 completed passes, but also giving up two interceptions at untimely points in the game.

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