When Iowa faces off against Penn State this Saturday it will be the tale of two programs heading in opposite directions.

For the Nittany Lions, with an 0-4 start and the prospect of a fifth straight, a loss would mark the worst season opening run in program history.

The Hawkeyes, however, are coming off two-straight wins, including a dominating performance in the rivalry with state-line foe Minnesota for the rights to the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy.

But the Iowa offense does need to take heed of the Penn State defense. While entering this week’s contest allowing 230 passing yards per game, the Nittany Lions are third in the B1G in sacks and seventh in tackles for loss with 23.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz met with the media for his weekly press conference on Tuesday, touching on a number of topics, including the need not to take the winless Nittany Lions for granted.

Iowa and Penn State are scheduled to kick off at 2:30 PM on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, Nov. 21.