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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, right, is unable to stay in bounds as Iowa defensive back Amani Hooker watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Associated Press

Indiana (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) at No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET (BTN).

Line: Penn State by 18 ½.

Series record: Penn State leads 19-1.

What’s at stake

The Nittany Lions stayed unbeaten, but needed a touchdown on the final play against Iowa to do so last week. They’ll try for a more convincing win against a team that’s been a perennial punching back over the years. The Hoosiers are banged up and their long injury list includes three starters and a host of contributors on defense.

Key matchup

Indiana’s running game vs. Penn State’s front seven. Even though Iowa held Penn State to its lowest point total in 15 games, the Nittany Lions still moved the ball in big chunks. The Hoosiers’ best shot is to keep Heisman contender Saquon Barkley and the rest of Penn State’s playmakers off the field — like they did last season when they controlled the clock and led 31-28 early in the fourth quarter. RB Morgan Ellison is coming off his best game for Indiana and will need to keep moving the chains.

Players to watch

Indiana: WR J-Shun Harris has returned punts for touchdowns in back-to-back games. Penn State’s punt coverage unit has been great all season, but its secondary gave up a few big plays last week. There could be room for Harris to star on offense if the Nittany Lions aren’t wary of the 5-foot-8 speedster.

Penn State: Barkley. He’s a highlight reel capable of instant, stop-and-go cutting and full-speed hurdling of would-be tacklers. He leads the country with 253.3 all-purpose yards per game.

Facts & figures

Penn State starting RT Chasz Wright is probable to return from an unspecified injury that kept him out last week. Ellison ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in his first start a week ago. Dubbed the “Generations of Greatness” game by its athletic department, Penn State will blend uniform elements from past teams — like numbers on helmets, stripes on pants and white cleats.

— to alter its usually plaintive appearance.

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