Indiana has a tough test to open the season, playing B1G powerhouse Penn State. Instead of viewing it as a colossal challenge in Week 1, though, Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen considers it an opportunity for his program.

Allen spoke via Zoom to reporters about the team’s upcoming contest against Penn State. Fresh off an 8-5 season, IU is looking to knock off a big-name program and prove it can compete at the highest level in the B1G.

For Allen, the game is an opportunity to earn a big victory as a program and beat a legitimate Top 25 football program, something the Hoosiers are not known for doing. He knows it is going to be no easy day fighting to get Penn State’s offense off of the field while marshaling drives of their own for points. 

Here’s what Allen had to say, according to Jon Blau of The Herald-Times:

Indiana was close to spoiling Penn State’s season in 2019, coming up just short in a 34-27 loss to the Nittany Lions in State College. 

With the Nittany Lions Week 1, there will be no opportunity to warm up against a lesser team from a weaker conference, the gauntlet begins immediately. The game is set to kick off from Memorial Stadium at 3:30 ET Saturday.