No. 10 Penn State has a real shot to win its last three games and finish James Franklin’s third season at the helm at 10-2 and in a New Year’s Six Bowl. But perhaps its toughest test remaining is a road date at Indiana on Saturday in which the Nittany Lions are a touchdown favorite.
The Hoosiers need to win one of their final three games — Penn State, at Michigan and home against Purdue, to get bowl eligible. They’re 5-4 entering Week 11.
Indiana has had success against Penn State at home recently and good fortune as a home underdog — all five of its games in that situation have been decided by one score or less since the start of last year. The Nittany Lions are 0-3 against the spread in three trips to Bloomington since 2011, and even lost 44-24 in 2013 — the only game they’ve dropped in this series since it began in 1993.
Here’s how to watch the game on Saturday.
Penn State vs. Indiana game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Time: 12 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. CT
Location: Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
Weather: 48 degrees with 2-7 mph winds
The line: Penn State is a 7-point favorite. The over/under is 59.5.
What TV channel is Penn State vs. Indiana on?
Penn State vs. Indiana will be on either ESPN2 or ABC, depending on your region. Here’s the viewing map.
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How can I watch Penn State vs. Indiana online?
If you subscribe to ESPN through your cable provider, you can watch it on WatchESPN.com.
Penn State vs. Indiana keys to the game
Don’t get put to sleep
This has trap game written all over for it if you’re Penn State. A noon start in Memorial Stadium against an Indiana team that’s played surprisingly well at times this season means you have to start well and enter halftime with a lead.
Get Saquon Barkley going; let Trace McSorley feed off that
Early and often, Penn State’s best player needs to touch the ball. Indiana is allowing just 4.0 yards per rush attempt this season, 40th in the nation, and has a much improved defense. So it won’t be all that easy.
Once Barkley gets going, QB Trace McSorley can open up the game with his legs and by testing Indiana’s secondary deep.