Iowa vs. Penn State: Series History, All-Time Records, Wins

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Nov 17, 2022, 12:20 PM
  • Iowa and Penn State are two of the better teams in the Big 10.
  • Here's a breakdown of their all-time series.

When the Penn State and Iowa football programs meet, it is an old-fashioned dog fight. It’s a series with scores like 6-4 and 17-12.

While it is not a highly played series, it is circled on most college football betting and Big Ten fans’ calendars. In true Big Ten fashion, this series will not be played in 2022, and with the Big Ten schedule for 2023 influx, it is unknown when the series will restart.

Penn State vs. Iowa Series History

While this series dates back to 1930, the two programs have met just 31 times. Penn State leads the all-time series 17-14. The lack of games in this series is two-fold. First, Penn State did not join the Big Ten until the 1994 football season. Second, they have been in separate divisions since 2011, leading to just eight games since 2010.

Penn State has more wins and a better all-time winning percentage but trails Iowa in both claimed national titles and conference titles (one has to be in a conference to win it).

Lately, Penn State has owned the series winning six of the last eight, but Iowa has won the previous two.

Penn State vs. Iowa All-Time Records

CategoryPenn StateIowa
All-time Wins895651
All-time Win Pct..687.544
Conference titles412
National titles41

The only way the Hawkeyes and the Nittany Lions will face each other in 2022 is in the Big Ten Championship game, which does not look like it will happen. However, Iowa will travel to Penn State on September 23, 2023.

The Nittany Lions are likely out of the Big Ten East race, but they are still in play for a New Year’s Six Bowl. Penn State currently has eight wins and travels to Rutgers, a program they have lost to since 1988. The Nittany Lions are set up for another 10-win season.

Iowa has played its way back into the Big Ten West race after knocking off Wisconsin and moving to 6-4 (4-3 in conference). They must win out and have Illinois lose one game to punch their ticket to Indianapolis. This week Iowa heads to Minnesota in the Floyd of Rosedale game. Iowa has a seven-game win streak in the series.

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