Iowa Starts Big Ten play Saturday against Penn State

P MurphyContributor ISeptember 29, 2010

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes prepares to snap the ball during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Overview

#17 ranked Iowa opens their Big Ten Conference schedule at home against #22 ranked Penn State. Both teams have been ranked in the top 25 since pre-season. Iowa has won the last two meetings and five out of the last eight meetings. The last meeting in Iowa City came down to a game winning Field Goal by Murray as Iowa squeaked by Penn State 24 – 23.

Series

The series is tied 11 – 11.
Last Meeting: Sept. 26th, 2009 – Iowa 21, Penn State 10 at Happy Valley
Tiger Hawk Blog’s Power Rankings: Iowa – Fourth, Penn State – Sixth

Star Players to watch

Penn State
RB Evan Royster (297 yards, 1 TD)
QB Rob Bolden (68-113, 823 yards, 3 TDs)

Iowa
QB Ricky Stanzi (66-99, 999 yards, 9 TDs)
RB Adam Robinson (385 yards, 6 TDs)
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (17-270 yards, 3 TDs)
DE Mike Daniels (3 sacks for 25 yards)

Injury Report

RB Jewel Hampton – out for the season
LB Bruce Davis – out for the season
RB Paki O’mears – concussion with limited practice
K Danniel Murray – muscle strain

Prediction

Iowa 34 – Penn State 14