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Penn State's James Franklin looks toward the Hawkeyes

24 September 2017

On offense, PSU is putting up 469 yards per game.

Now the stakes get cranked up a notch.

Because the Nebraska game was rescheduled, Iowa had a free weekend to spend prepping for what it hopes will be a successful start to conference play, when it take on No. 7 Penn State at 7 p.m. today and Ohio State on September 24 at 1 p.m. You just have to feel it.

According to Sportsbook review, Penn State is a 13-point favorite over Iowa.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was, like many of us, watching Penn State take on Iowa on Saturday night and was blown away by Saquon Barkley. "That place is going to be rocking", Franklin said. "We've invested in it, and were really getting a lot of return on our investment right now".

Five true freshmen made the trek to Kinnick Stadium for the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions.

"We overworked Akrum a little bit in that (Iowa State) game", Ferentz said.

This week Penn State will be on the road in a tough environment against a Big Ten rival with plenty at stake.

At halftime, Iowa leads No. 4 Penn State 7-5.

Things weren't much different on the defensive side of the ball.

All Eyes on Me: Iowa Twitter began speculating after their week 2 win at Iowa State that ESPN's College Gameday would be coming to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes' match up with #4 Penn State Saturday night.

Some tickets still available for the Iowa-Penn State game are around 90 dollars.

"We're just going to step up to the challenge and have our own energy, have our own standard, regardless of what the crowd is doing".

Despite Iowa being undefeated and hosting the No. 4 team in the country on Saturday night, it doesn't look like Kinnick Stadium will be full.

In that span, the Nittany Lions will host No. 8 Michigan in a "white-out" night contest on October 21, then visit No. 10 Ohio State on October 28 and the east's other consistent threat, Michigan State, on November 4.

"We expect it to be a pretty insane scene, " Barkley said. "As we all know, it takes all three of those phases working together".

Penn State has won its past three conference road games - at Purdue, Rutgers and IN - after not claiming a single away victory through five straight Big Ten games IN 2014-15. The other win came against Pittsburgh, 33-14. Davis missed just two of his 24 tries last season and set the school record with 18 in a row, going back to the previous year.

"You think you're good in high school, and you are good in high school", Barkley said. "Each game stands alone". If the 6-foot-6 tight end draws a safety instead he'll use his size to create big plays in the passing game. I think with us sometimes we get over anxious around the cage and I think we got overanxious on defense, I think we got overanxious in both instances on the field today. "We've got to be ready to deal with that". But, Barkley has nearly been more of a factor in the passing game than on the ground this season, which has made him an even more unsafe weapon than he was in seasons past. It's hard to justify coming to Iowa City as Penn State rolled Iowa previous year 41-14.

Penn State's James Franklin looks toward the Hawkeyes