Michigan vs. Penn State fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan vs. Penn State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 19
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
Michigan (5-1) vs. Penn State (6-0) Game Preview
Why Michigan Will Win
The Penn State offense isn’t working against the decent teams with decent defenses.
Going 6-0 has been fun, but have the Nittany Lions played Wisconsin? No. They’ve played Idaho, Buffalo, Purdue, and a Maryland team on a Friday night that played like it thought the game was on Saturday.
It took everything in the bag to get by both Pitt and Iowa in low-scoring battles – Michigan is better than both of them.
The Wolverines might still be looking and playing like they’re on the verge of a total meltdown, but they’ve still managed to get to 5-1, they’ve seemed to somehow figure how to get through in-game adversity – at least against everyone but the Badgers – and the defense really is playing well.
The pass rush is quietly emerging, the D overall is allowing fewer than 300 yards per game, and it seems to have an interesting knack of coming up with the right takeaway at the right time.
There’s a chance the team might still be just scratching the surface.
It has yet to play a complete game against anyone but Rutgers, and it hasn’t been able to win the same way twice. However, the emergence of Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins and the running game are taking some of the pressure off the passing attack that has more weapons than Penn State has seen so far. But …
Why Penn State Will Win
Who’s playing flakier than Michigan? Noooooooobody.
Whether it’s giving up late points to Middle Tennessee, or needing overtime against Army, or getting their doors blown off by Wisconsin, or annihilating Rutgers, or surviving an uggo against Iowa, or somehow blowing a massive lead only to flip the switch back on against Illinois, the Wolverines are all over the map.
They can’t seem to rely on anything game-in-and-game-out.
That’s where Penn State comes in.
It has a terrific pass rush, the defense is swarming all over anything and everything – it’s second in the nation in sacks and third in tackles for loss – and the defense has been a brick wall against the run. The Nittany Lions have allowed one touchdown so far and give up just 1.6 yards per carry.
To pull this off, the game will be in the hands of Michigan QB Shea Patterson. He’s been okay, but he’s not consistent, he hasn’t been all that accurate, and he’s about to be under consistent pressure by a jacked up team in the White Out conditions.
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What’s Going To Happen
This has been blowout city between these two over the last four years after they pitched a few gems in the early 2010s. Expect this to be much, much tighter and more entertaining than the 42-7 Wolverine walloping over the Nittany Lions last year or the near-reverse in the 42-13 destruction by Penn State two years ago.
Both defenses will take over early, both quarterbacks will struggle to move the chains, and both sides will have plenty of chances to take control of the game. But Michigan turns the ball over – at least, it looks like it’s about to turn the ball over on every play – and Penn State doesn’t.
If you liked the way these two both played against Iowa over the last two weeks – dogfights that turned into exercises in frustration – you’re going to love this.
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