Michigan Football (5-1, 2-1) will play at Penn State (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:42 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised on ABC. For a complete game preview go here: Michigan at Penn State. Check out the staff predictions below.
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The Michigan Wolverines will face the No. 2 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in State College this Saturday night under ‘White Out’ conditions. The night game atmosphere at Beaver Stadium is second to none according to most circles in college football. Believe it or not, that isn’t the biggest factor facing the Wolverines Saturday night.
Quite possibly the biggest item of importance facing the Maize and Blue could be their recent record against top ten opponents. The Wolverines are 1-12 against their last thirteen top ten ranked teams. The only win was last years’ victory over the 8th ranked Wisconsin Badgers.
With a struggling Michigan offense heading into one of the worst possible environments an opponent can play in, things don’t look good for Jim Harbaugh. I think the Wolverine defense will keep them in it for a while, but Saquon Barkley and company will take over. Look for another lackluster outing from Michigan quarterback John O’Korn as Penn State beats Michigan 31-17.
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This one really boils down to if Michigan’s defense can stop Penn State’s offense. Both defenses are among the best in the nation, but the Penn State offense is head and shoulders above the Wolverines’ offense sans Wilton Speight.
Michigan is allowing just under 86 rush yards per game in 2017 and Penn State’s rushing game has struggled in their past two games against so-so defenses in Indiana and Northwestern (74 carries for 134 yards).
But the Wolverines’ defense was gashed by a physical Michigan State team a few weeks ago and will face a similar Penn State team on Saturday on the road in a tough, tough environment. Even if Penn State’s rushing game can’t get going, they can beat you in so many ways getting the ball to Saquon Barkley.
In the end, the Penn State offense just has too many weapons and will use the raucous crowd to their advantage to gain a hold of the momentum early and never look back in a convincing win. Penn State wins 35-17
Michigan will face its toughest test of the season this Saturday night in Happy Valley. Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley will give Michigan’s defense a hard time late in the game. John O’Korn and the Wolverine offense will continue to struggle against the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. When it comes down to it, the Nittany Lions will be able to score more points than Michigan’s stumbling offense. Penn State will have trouble with the Wolverines’ No. 1 ranked defense in the first half, but will eventually pull away late to win 17-9.
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Michigan hits the road in consecutive weeks against Penn State under lights at Beaver Stadium. It should be an electric environment as Penn State has declared this a “white out” game. Penn State enters this contest as the second-ranked team in the country fresh off a bye week.
For Michigan to have any shot of winning the game plan should be simple – run the football and play to its defense. Michigan needs to slow this game down by running the football and controlling the clock. Any drive that can end in a kick of some sort should be considered a success. However, running the football may be difficult to do against this Penn State defense that currently surrenders 117 yards per game on the ground.
The matchup that should determine the outcome of this game involves the strengths of both teams – Penn State offense versus the Michigan defense. For Penn State Saquon Barkley is option 1, 2, and 3. Barkley will have a tough time gaining any yards on the ground against a Michigan defense that only surrenders 85 yards per game. But, Penn State does a great job using him in the passing game. Against Michigan’s pressure man defense expect Barkley to be lined up all over the field against a linebacker or safety. That’s an almost impossible cover against a Heisman Trophy candidate with Barkley’s skill set. This should give Penn State the edge in this matchup and eventually the game. Penn State wins 21-10
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Happy Valley at night, the No. 2 team in the nation, over 100,000 rabid Nittany Lions clad in white; this one will be a doozy. Penn State currently allows an average of 9 points per game, the best in the country. They average 39.2 points per game, second-best in the Big Ten. Everything needs to go right for Michigan to overcome the juggernaut that is Penn State; John O’Korn must progress through his reads and hang in the pocket while he does so, the offensive line has to play as good, if not better than last week, and the defense just has to maintain the status quo. I want to give the underdog the nod, but the Nittany Lions will be too much for a rebuilding Michigan offense. Penn State wins, 24-14
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Michigan’s defense will keep them in this game. However, if the offense can’t score and/or turns the ball over, Penn State’s offense will eventually breakthrough. The Wolverines need a balanced effort this week, in all three phases. Will we see the John O’Korn who looked poised and in command against Purdue or the John O’Korn who has struggled mightily the last two weeks? Backed by Karan Higdon and Michael Onwenu, Michigan’s ground game is showing signs of being very productive. Can they keep trending in the right direction this week? Conventional wisdom says that Michigan will lose this game. I’m definitely not conventional, so I’m going with Michigan in a stunner 24-23.
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