BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana (2-2) opens its Big Ten season against Penn State (3-1) in the last of five straight home games to start the year. The Hoosiers will try to win against the Nittany Lions for the first time in program history. Here's a look ahead at the matchup.
Last time out
Missouri 45, Indiana 28
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 1250 AM; 102.9 FM
News and notes
- Indiana faces a true freshman quarterback in Christian Hackenberg that plays anything like a first-year guy. He has thrown for 1,027 yards in four games this season and has five touchdowns, although he is coming off a season-worst game against Kent State in which he completed less than 35 percent of his passes. His top receiving threat, Allen Robinson, led the Big Ten in receiving yards last season and will be a tough test for IU corners Tim Bennett and Michael Hunter.
- With Hoosier Hysteria in Bloomington on Friday, it will be interesting to see how the crowd turns out Saturday. IU had about 14,000 fans in Assembly Hall for the basketball team's program, including many alumni and fans from out of town. If they stick around to bolster the crowd at Memorial Stadium for the Big Ten opener, it might give the Hoosiers a bit more energy when they kick off.
- A loss against PSU would mean IU has to finish 4-3 in conference play to make a bowl, and that will be extremely difficult. The Hoosiers hit the road for Michigan State and Michigan in the coming weeks and also have to face Wisconsin and Ohio State yet this year.