Now the stakes get cranked up a notch.
Both the defense and offense will have to be better in conference play than past year if Iowa wishes to improve on last season's 2-9 Big Ten record. I always want to be on top of my game, but there is a unique atmosphere and usually a pretty good opponent when we do get the chance to play night, " Jewell said. We're starting to build a good relationship. Iowa is allowing just 19.3 points and 335 yards per game this season.
Coach James Franklin will have his team well prepared for the matchup, but in case he needs my help, here is what he and his squad needs to do to beat Iowa on the road. "Coming off the Loyola game, where we didn't have our best performance, I was really proud with how our kids responded".
It may not have seemed like it on Saturday, but Georgia State wasn't far off from showcasing what Penn State looked like not long ago.
If there is something to be concerned about with the Nittany Lions, it is the lack of big-time competition faced to date.
By contrast, future Big Ten opponents are 17-7 so far this season. If they can find success on the ground against the Nittany Lions, wearing down the defense and keeping the Penn State offense on the sideline, the Hawkeyes could put themselves in a position to pull off the upset at the end of the game.
A night game in Kinnick Stadium has doomed Penn State once before, and Iowa is feeling good heading into the Big Ten opener on the strength of an undefeated record.
Q: Who are some key guys up front you play with?
Not only did Iowa throw a curve ball their way in 2008, but the Hawkeyes also upset the No. 5 Nittany Lions at the end of September in 2009. "But we've played at places kind of just like that, and we've been able to just focus on us and just go out there and do what we need to do". Although with this game being quite out of reach for a win, that's what we said against MI in 2016. On offense, they boast two of the nation's biggest stars in running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. Being only Georgia State, the Nittany Lions completely devastated the whole Georgia State team. I think defensively, it's just making sure we stay connected as a unit. A mediocre first three games means Penn State has to play almost ideal for the rest of the season. 2017 has seen Michigan State start 2-0, though the wins have come against Bowling Green and a PJ Fleck-less Western Michigan in two very unauthoritative wins. Although, don't take my word for it, I said this previous year against MI, and well, we won.
Q: What do you think of the Iowa offensive line? "Each game stands alone".
"We want to go out and get a great team win", Miramontez said. "We'll know more in a day or two, but I feel optimistic right now". "We're going to have to game plan for them".
Junior running back Saquon Barkley has backed up the hype surrounding him to begin the 2017 season.
The Nittany Lions are averaging 47 points and 469 yards of total offense per game.
The Maryland women's golf team will travel to University Park, Pa. this weekend to compete in the 41st annual Nittany Lion Invitational, hosted by Penn State.
So if anything has changed about Penn State football in the past five years its a simple concept. I could tell how well the players got along and liked each other.
Steve Connelly is a freelance writer in State College for The Meadville Tribune and other Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. newspapers in Pennsylvania.