Penn State coach James Franklin is all too familiar with this week's daunting scenario.
He watched the Nittany Lions' conference title hopes and playoff possibilities slip away with back-to-back road losses last October. Two early losses during a three-week stretch in 2016 kept the eventual Big Ten champs out of the playoffs. In 2014, a four-game midseason losing streak prevented Penn State from reaching a major bowl game.
Now, No. 18 Penn State heads to Indiana, hoping to turn things around again after losing two straight home games.