The Wolverines and Nittany Lions will meet at Beaver Stadium on October 21, 2017 for a Big Ten matchup. Michigan ranked #19 has a 5-1 record coming off a win in overtime against Indiana. Last year when these two teams met Michigan won by 39 points. This year Penn State (6-0) is a different team and it won’t be as easy. Michigan’s defense is ranked #1 but can they stop Penn State’s RB Saquon Barkley who has 102 rushes for 649 yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 29 catches for 395 yards, 2 receiving touchdowns and a 98 yards kickoff return. Michigan’s Coach Jim Harbaugh calls Barkley “a multi-purpose back that can do everything well”.
Michigan QB John O’Korn who replaced the injured Wilton Speight in the first quarter of the Purdue game will start against Penn State. O’Korn has a 2-1 record since that game. He has completed 55% of his passes for 563 yards, 1 TD and 4 interceptions. The College Football odds maker’s favorite in this matchup is Penn State at -10(-115) and Michigan as the road dogs at +10 (-105).
Penn State’s last outing was against Northwestern on October 7, 2017. They are currently 6-0 on the 2017 College Football betting season and looking to go 7-0. QB Trace McSorley has completed 130 of 194 passes for 1597 yards, 13 TDs and 4 interceptions this season. Penn State defense is ranked #9 nationally, #23 in sacs with 17 and #10 in tackles for a loss. While Michigan is scoring 27.2 points per game and allowing 14.7 points per game, Penn State is scoring 39.7 points per game and allowing 9.0 points per game. Going into this Big Ten matchup Penn State is ranked #1 and Michigan #3.
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