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Penn State vs. Iowa Game Day Breakdown

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Here are the keys to winning for each team and what to watch for.

For Penn State:

Pressure the passer. Penn State fed off the White Out crowd a few weeks ago, sacking Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett six times. The Nittany Lions will look to do the same to Iowa senior quarterback C.J. Beathard.

For Iowa:

Set the tone. The Hawkeyes do not want to get in a shootout with Penn State. Iowa has scored only 23.4 points per game against Big Ten teams this season, and would like to make it a slugfest (see: Iowa’s 17-9 loss to Wisconsin).

Nittany Lion to watch:

John Reid. The Nittany Lions have four interceptions in their past four games — but Reid hasn’t had one since Sept. 17 against Temple. Perhaps the cornerback will make another big play against the Hawkeyes.

Hawkeye to watch:

Akrum Wadley. Iowa’s junior tailback is a true boom-or-bust player. Wadley hung 176 rushing yards on 15 carries against Purdue, but only had 44 against Wisconsin two weeks ago.

Here is a roundup of other Penn State football stories to read before the game.

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Nittany Lions wary of Iowa’s Desmond King

James Franklin, Nittany Lions talk College Football Playoff rankings

Nick Scott: Restructuring the dream

Trace McSorley earns trust of Franklin

Who: No. 12 Penn State (6-2, 4-1) vs. Iowa (5-3, 3-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Beaver Stadium

Series: Penn State leads 13-12

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