Penn State Predictions: Prime Time It Is!

Week 4 has arrived. Penn State travels to Iowa City for its first Big Ten contest and road game of the young season.

The Nittany Lions have struggled with the Hawkeyes in the past, but have dominated the series as of late, winning three straight. Kinnick Stadium is never an easy place to play, and Penn State head coach James Franklin knows that. He addressed the noise factor during the week by pumping in loud music to Penn State’s practices.

Penn State heads to Iowa City as a 12½-point favorite. Will the Nittany Lions win the game? Cover the point spread? Find out what our staff had to say.

Michael Kresovich, sports intern (season record 3-0): The undefeated Nittany Lions will hit the road for their Big 10 opener. After a  56-0 win against Georgia State, the Lions will look to grab a win at Iowa. This will be the first real test for the 3-0 Nittany Lions. Despite the difficult atmosphere in Iowa city, Penn State will continue to dominate on offense en route to the victory. 

Penn State 31, Iowa 10.

Matt Lingerman, sports intern (Season record 3-0): After a sheer domination of Georgia State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, the Nittany Lions will face their first true test of the season at Iowa this weekend. The Hawkeyes are undefeated, and Kinnick Stadium under the lights is by no means an easy place to play. Expect Iowa to stick around with Penn State for the first half, but be unable to prevent James Franklin's high-powered offense for the full 60 minutes.

Penn State 27, Iowa 10.

Chris Morelli, managing editor (season record 3-0): I’ve been to Kinnick Stadium, and let me tell you that it is not an easy place to play. The stadium is relatively small, but it gets loud. That will likely create some problems for the Penn State offense in the first half, so don’t be surprised if this one is close at halftime. But Saquon Barkley will run wild in the second half and the Nittany Lions will pull away for a convincing road win.

Penn State 34, Iowa 20.

John Patishnock, beat writer (season record 3-0): For a team so talented, there isn’t any one thing that has to go the Lions’ way. This week is noteworthy, if only because it’s a Big Ten road game under the lights, so we’ll say the Lions should leave Iowa with a victory if they handle the initial energy that the Hawkeyes (and their fans) will surely have.

Penn State 38, Iowa 21

Abbi Sales, sports intern (season record 3-0): No more cupcakes for the Nittany Lions. Penn State faces its first Big Ten opponent this season, Iowa, and the schedule doesn't get much easier. It's nothing they can't handle though. Last year, Penn State took on Iowa in Happy Valley and embarrassed the Hawkeyes with a 41-14 victory. Iowa is looking for revenge this year and will put up quite a fight. I'm predicting nailbiter.

 Penn State 35, Iowa 28.



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