Written By: Case Conley
Ann Arbor is preparing for a massive top-10 matchup on Saturday as Penn State enters The Big House to take on Michigan. Big Noon Saturday will be at Michigan for the noon start on FOX. The Wolverines come back home after two big road wins against Indiana and Iowa while Penn State is coming off a bye week.
Michigan is rolling to start the year, however a couple of sneaky road games have created some questions about this team. The secondary has looked vulnerable at times in the last few games but they haven’t played a team yet who can truly expose the weakness. Still stopping the run has been the bread and butter for the defense as only 2 of their 6 opponents have more than 100 yards rushing this season. On offense, Blake Corum has busted on the Heisman trophy scene averaging 121 yards and nearly 2 touchdowns a game so far this season. JJ McCarthy has been efficient but has yet to be needed to make big plays.
Penn State has had a rollercoaster ride to start the year. They survived a near week 0 loss at Purdue and have looked very impressive in games, especially at Auburn, but have struggled in games like a 17-7 win at home against Northwestern. Veteran quarterback Sean Clifford is leading the very balanced offense. The freshman tandem of Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton carry the run game that averages nearly 190 yards per game. Since the Purdue game, the defense has stepped up only allowing an average of 10 points in the last 4 games.
This game is massive in the Big Ten East division race and both of these defenses will show up and show out. Corum will be somewhat contained and Sean Clifford will struggle to figure out the Wolverine defense. McCarthy will have to make a couple plays with his arm and his legs to keep some drives alive. Clifford has had some turnover issues and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a couple on Saturday. Michigan will squeak out a win to stay undefeated.
Michigan 24, Penn State 20
Written By: Case Conley – Michigan Sports Network Intern
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