12:07 pm
November 13

#9 Michigan @ #23 Penn State

Who will WIN this matchup?

#9 Michigan Wolverines (8-1)

@ #23 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3)


Current odds:

Michigan Wolverines: (-135)

Penn State Nittany Lions: (+115)


The line for this game is Michigan by 2.5 points.

Michigan bounced back from an agonizing loss and remained in the Big Ten championship race. Now the No. 6 Wolverines have to win in hostile environments to make their annual showdown with Ohio State more meaningful. Michigan, which trails Ohio State by a game in the Big Ten East Division standings, will play at Penn State on Saturday and Maryland next weekend. The Wolverines are behind the Buckeyes but ahead of Michigan State in the current College Football Playoff rankings.

The Wolverines (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) suffered their only loss in their last road game when they blew a 16-point lead at Michigan State. Michigan responded with a 29-7 home win over Indiana.

The competition and atmosphere will be much different this weekend. Michigan has come away with a loss in five of its last six trips to Beaver Stadium.

The Wolverines are dealing with a number of injury issues to their skill players. Running back Blake Corum exited early in the Hoosiers game with a right ankle injury and wide receivers A.J. Henning and Andrel Anthony also suffered ailments on Saturday night. No. 1 tight end Erick All didn’t play due to a lower body injury. Hassan Haskins became a workhorse back with Corum sidelined and produced a career-high 168 rushing yards.

The Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 31-14 win at Maryland. Jahan Dotson hauled in 11 of Sean Clifford’s passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Dotson has 71 receptions for 932 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

Clifford will need time to get Dotson the ball and that will require his line to keep Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo at bay. Hutchinson has six sacks, while Ojabo has recorded eight and forced four fumbles.

StreakSmarter Pick
#9 Michigan Wolverines