Week 11 of the college football season features a matchup between two traditional powerhouses. Given what’s on the line for both teams, this week’s Michigan vs. Penn State game should be a classic.
What time does Michigan at Penn State kickoff? And what are the latest college football odds for this Big Ten showdown?
Read on for an in-depth look at this featured NCAA game.
The Michigan Wolverines travel to Happy Valley this week. The kickoff in the Penn State Nittany Lions’ home, Beaver Stadium, is at noon eastern.
Before Penn State’s three-game October losing streak, college football fans had this game circled as a crucial showdown with College Football Playoff implications.
It’s still an important game for both teams, but it’s lost some of the playoff implications that many thought it would have early in the season.
Penn State’s Offense Will Fizzle
Losing three games in a row certainly quieted the James Franklin coaching carousel buzz, but I find it hard to blame the three Penn State losses on this possible distraction.
The truth is, Penn State’s offense isn’t dynamic enough. While QB Sean Clifford led the Nittany Lions to an early lead against Iowa, the Hawkeyes took over after Clifford exited the game due to injury.
With or without Clifford, Penn State has only scored 30 or more points in three games this year. They run a predictable scheme that revolves around Clifford getting the ball to receiver Jahan Dotson.
While Dotson is an immense talent, elite defenses can take away Clifford’s passing options to Dotson, and Michigan is an elite defense.
The Wolverines come to Happy Valley ranked sixth in total yards (297.4) and points allowed per game (16). They’ve also limited the opposition passing attack to a mere 173.4 yards per game.
Michigan Will Once Again Wilt in a Big Spot
Jim Harbaugh can’t win a big game. He’s yet to beat Ohio State (a must for any Wolverines coach), and this year’s disappointing loss to Michigan State dashed the dream of an undefeated season.
A Big Ten Championship is still up for grabs, and a College Football Playoff appearance isn’t out of the question. However, it’s a tall order now, and Harbaugh has yet to prove he’s able to win big games.
Harbaugh’s road record against ranked teams is a dismal 2-10. In addition, Michigan’s offense led by Cade McNamara will have a tough time executing in front of a loud Beaver Stadium crowd.
Michigan at Penn State Will Be a Slug Fest
The Michigan-Penn State game this Saturday should be a low-scoring affair.
Michigan does have the advantage in the running game. Hassan Haskins ran for a career-best 168 yards against Indiana in Week 10.
If RB Blake Corum can play, look for Michigan to try and wear down Penn State’s defensive line with a two-pronged running attack.
I predict a distinct lack of fireworks from this game. Michigan has a slight advantage in this matchup. Yet, Harbaugh’s Wolverines have trouble winning on the road against ranked teams.
Despite that, I think Michigan takes this game in the final minutes by a field goal margin.
Michigan vs. Penn State This Saturday
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