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This Week at The Wolverine Den

Game Weather

State College, Pennsylvania

Michigan at Pennsylvania State

Beaver Stadium

October 21, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. ET

The Michigan Wolverines stay on the road this week with a tough match-up against #2 Penn State in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions are a deserved #2 in the country having won 15 or their last 16 games, since losing to Michigan last year. It’s a night game, a white out and College Game Day is broadcasting making this game even more difficult on the road team. But Michigan dominated Penn St last year winning 49-10 and outgaining the Lions 515-191. Two years ago, in Happy Valley, the Wolverines also dominating winning 28-16 and holding PSU to only 207 yards of offense. So, the Wolverines look to match up well against Penn St.

Penn St is led by Saquon Barkley, one of the top Heisman candidates in the nation. Barkley leads the country in all-purpose yardage and leads the Nittany Lions in both rushing and receiving. He is also a great kickoff returner. Michigan has held him down in each of the past two years and will need to again this year to have a chance. QB Trace McSorley leads the Big Ten in passing with over 266 yards per game. He throws a great deep ball and has 13 TD this year with only 4 interceptions. Penn St averages 456 yards per game and 39.7 points.

Pre-game Menu

Filet Mignon
Sweet Potatoes
Salad

On defense, the Lions lead the nation in Scoring Defense allowing only 9.0 points per game. They are strong at all three levels but don’t really have any standouts. But it’s still a top ten defense allowing only 285 yards per game. Penn St is +12 in turnover margin (2nd in the nation) and they don’t commit many penalties. This is a hard-nosed but disciplined team. The PSU kicker has struggled this year. Senior Tyler Davis had missed only 2 of 31 field goals coming into this season but is only 6 out of 13 this year. Let’s hope he continues his slump.

The Wolverine Den Trivia

Karan Higdon became the 17th Michigan player to rush for 200 yards in a game. Who was the last Michigan running back to accomplish that feat?

For Michigan to win, the Wolverine mst run the ball effectively to open up the play action pass. A one-dimensional Michigan offense has no chance to win; Defense needs to play like the #1 defense in the nation. Containing Barkley and pressuring McSorley are the keys; and must be disciplined. Michigan cannot commit 5 turnovers or be penalized 16 times and expect to win.

We can play with these guys and in this atmosphere. As Coach Harbaugh said this week, the team needs to dig deep. Let’s make it a happy night in Happy Valley for the Maize and Blue.

Michigan leads the all-time series 13-7 and have won 6 of the 10 times they have played at Beaver Stadium.

The Wolverines are a 9½-point underdog.

 


Steve B's Prediction

17-13

Steve's Prediction

23-20

Craig's Prediction

20-17

Tim's Prediction

24-21


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