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Predictions: Michigan Wolverines vs Penn State – Michigan State Spartans Bye Week

Predictions: Michigan Wolverines vs Penn State – Michigan State Spartans Bye Week

Michigan State gets a much-needed week
off after getting dominated by Wisconsin 38 to nothing on Saturday. But Michigan’s tough stretch is just beginning. The 16th ranked Wolverines head to Happy Valley to
take on number 7 Penn State in primetime Saturday on ABC. It’s going to be a
whiteout at Beaver Stadium. It is going to be loud. And it’s going to be an opportunity for Michigan to see if it has really turned the corner since the Wisconsin loss. The Wolverines offense flashed its potential early last
week against Illinois, racking up 355 total yards in the first half, for a 28-7 lead. But it stalled in the third quarter, and the team came down with another case of fumble-itis, putting the ball on the ground three times in the
game, and turning it over twice. Michigan was able to score two fourth quarter
touchdowns to pull away after Illinois made it a three-point game.
But the margin for error will be much smaller against a Penn State team that
ranks in the top 10 nationally in offense and defense. Yes, their offense has been aided by a 79-7 season opening win over an FCS team, but quarterback Sean Clifford has shown that he is more than capable of filling
the shoes of three-year starter Trace McSorley. Clifford has passed for 13
touchdowns this season, to just two interceptions and he can make plays with
his feet. Even if Michigan is able to contain the Penn State offense, it still needs to find a way to score against a defensive unit that is allowing just
over 8 points per game. Not only will the Michigan offensive line have to deal with the noise, but it also is going up against a front seven that is second in the
nation with 27 sacks. If there is a glimmer of hope for
Michigan fans, Iowa also played Penn State tough last week, but the Nittany
Lions still came away with a 17-12 victory, the first road victory over a
ranked opponent in coach James Franklin’s career. Jim Harbaugh also has struggled
on the road against top 25 teams, entering Saturday with a one-in-six record. Will he finally get another statement win away from Michigan Stadium? None of us believe it will happen on Saturday. Aaron has the Nittany Lions wining 31-14. Andrew has them winning 30-22. And I believe it’ll be a 28-27 Penn State win. I don’t think it will be a blow out like it was in 2017, but I still think the
Nittany Lions have enough to get by. Thanks for watching. Please let us know your final store predictions in the comments below and we’ll see you next week.

12 thoughts on “Predictions: Michigan Wolverines vs Penn State – Michigan State Spartans Bye Week”

  1. Michigan was a power program before the modern era. They have been a regional program since 1950. However, the fans still think they are the best team in football or should be. This has led to lots of weeping and gnashing of Wolverine teeth. You cannot keep bragging about stuff that happened 70 years ago. Disappointment is inevitable.

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