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Indiana at No. 4 Penn State: Nittany Lions seek best start in nearly a decade

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Indiana at No. 4 Penn State: Nittany Lions seek best start in nearly a decade

No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten)
Beaver Stadium, State College
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Scouting Penn State
The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (4-0) nipped Iowa 21-19 last week, when Trace McSorley hit wide receiver Juwan Johnson, a native of Glassboro, N.J., for a seven-yard touchdown as time expired. Running back Saquon Barkley, who leads the FBS with an average of 253.3 all-purpose yards per game, piled up a school-record 358 against the Hawkeyes, including 211 on the ground, on 28 attempts. He has rushed for 518 yards (7.8 per carry), and has 23 receptions for a Big Ten-leading 335 yards. Defensive end Shareef Miller, a Philadelphia native, leads the team with six tackles for loss, two sacks and two hurries. He recorded a safety last week against the Hawkeyes, while wearing No. 19 in honor of fellow end Torrence Brown, who has been lost for the season with a knee injury.

Scouting Indiana
Morgan Ellison ran 25 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Hoosiers (2-1) beat Georgia Southern 52-17 last week. J-Shun Harris, who is third in the FBS with an average of 26.1 yards per punt return, also ran one back for a touchdown for the second straight week. The Hoosiers rested four starters in the game, and saw four regulars depart for health reasons, including starting quarterback Richard Lagow. Lagow is, however, expected to play this week. He has clicked on 58 percent of his passes, for 564 yards and four touchdowns, with three interceptions. His backup, Peyton Ramsey, has also played in all three games to date. Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs, who missed most of last season because of injury, has 18 catches. Linebacker Tegray Scales has 26 tackles.

History
The Lions lead the all-time series 19-1, and emerged with a 45-31 victory last year in Bloomington.

Storyline to watch
Indiana bottled up Barkley last year, limiting him to 58 yards on 33 attempts. The Lions nonetheless rallied from deficits of 24-14 and 31-28, as McSorley threw for 332 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score.

What’s at stake?
PSU has not been 5-0 since 2008, when it shared the conference title.

Prediction
Penn State 42, Indiana 21