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.
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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.
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