PENN STATE NOW ONLY A 1 1/2-ROAD-DOG VS. IOWA, DOWN FROM 2 1/2

By Teddy Brenner

The game of the day has a new spread:

NO. 4 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS AT NO. 3 IOWA HAWKEYES

Saturday, Oct. 9th | 4:00 PM EST | FOX Spread Iowa -1.5

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford came back to reality last week against Indiana after shredding FCS school Villanova the week prior.

He earned a poor 53.0 passing grade at home against the Hoosiers. Clifford had to make more throws to tight and closing windows downfield, but he couldn’t hit them. That’s no different than the quarterback we’ve seen over the past few years, and he isn’t going to see any higher rate of open throws created against this stout Iowa defense.

Led by outside cornerback duo Matt Hankins and Riley Moss — who have combined for as many interceptions as first downs allowed in 2021 — the Hawkeyes rank second to only Georgia among Power-Five programs in team-coverage grade and EPA allowed per pass.!

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