No. 4 Penn State (3-0) rolled through its non-conference schedule - pitching two shutouts and outscoring Akron, Pitt and Georgia State by a combined 141-14. The Lions finished with 599 yards of offense and 359 yards rushing, while holding the Hawkeyes to 234 total yards and just 30 on the ground.
Now the stakes get cranked up a notch. "They've got to spend more time to put this kind of stuff in in practice for us".
This should be a pretty entertaining game for a bit, but Penn State just has too many playmakers on offense to not come away with a win.
This will be Franklin's first visit to Iowa State, and the coach was asked several questions this week about getting his team ready in Kinnick Stadium's famous visiting locker room, slathered in a shade called "innocence pink".
"Bump, who I think is the godfather of the program, sent Gary down to the campus supply warehouse", Ferentz said.
Moorhead doesn't have to change anything for Stevens if Penn State needs its backup to play his natural position.
The Nittany Lions have only given up one touchdown all season. But if Penn State can answer this challenge, things could be going right along according to plan to defend the conference crown later on.
By contrast, future Big Ten opponents are 17-7 so far this season. The two teams met again in 2009 with Penn State ranked No. 5, and once again Iowa pulled off the upset, winning 21-10.
It's a Saturday night primetime showdown between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions. "It can't just all be about Akrum", Ferentz said. "And it doesn't allow the defense to have the last say of what they want you to do".
Penn State's James Franklin hasn't coached at Kinnick Stadium before - but he knows how risky the Hawkeyes can be at home after dark. They also couldn't stop the Penn State offense anytime they had the ball anyways, but Iowa has better play at quarterback and has the playmakers on offense to make possessions count with touchdowns and not field goals.
In addition to the numerous community service activities that he does as part of the Nittany Lions, Smith helps with his wife's non-profit organization, Honduran Soles, which provides shoes to kids that need them in various countries. "It's what we work all week to be able to do". "We've got all sorts of guys who can make big plays".
Penn State has won its past three conference road games - at Purdue, Rutgers and IN - after not claiming a single away victory through five straight Big Ten games IN 2014-15. The most recent came in the Sweet 16 as Nebraska fought off match point down 2-0 in sets to come back and win. Notre Dame would give Michigan State its only loss that year before taking a two-year hiatus in the rivalry only to be dug up last year. If you see one of those guys walking around that wants to come to Iowa, let me know, will you? "Each game stands alone".
"We've got a much older and more mature team right now that has played a bunch of games on the road in Big Ten venues". Offensively, Iowa is averaging 33 points and 398.3 yards per game.
This season, Barkley has accounted for 300+ yards on 38 attempts with three touchdowns.
If the Nittany Lions win in impressive fashion, something that is totally within the realm of possibility, it will show that Penn State hasn't just been bullying lesser opponents.
After being kept out of the end zone in their first two games, Penn State's wide receivers finally found paydirt against Georgia State, as Daesean Hamilton, Saeed Blacknall and Brandon Polk all caught TD passes.
"I mean this with all due respect to Akrum, but we're talking about Barkley being one of the guys that's going to be I would imagine a top-five pick", Ferentz said.