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Penn State hosts Michigan in its toughest test and arguably the best Big Ten game to date
The last time Penn State and Michigan met was last year in Ann Arbor when the Wolverines throttled the Nittany Lions 49-10. It was the largest margin of victory by either team in the 20-game history of the series, and it played a key role in keeping Penn State out of the College Football Playoff last season. Now the Nittany Lions enter the game ranked No. 2 in the nation and seeking revenge.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Beaver Stadium -- University Park, Pennsylvania
TV: ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN
Penn State: While revenge for last season is indeed on the mind of the Nittany Lions, they have a lot more to play for than that. This is the No. 2 team in the country, and right now Penn State sits in the driver's seat for the Big Ten's likely playoff berth. A win against Michigan would virtually eliminate the Wolverines from contention in the Big Ten East, and it would also end a three-game losing streak in the series. While Saquon Barkley receives a lot of attention -- and deservedly so -- for his performances, as does quarterback Trace McSorley, the truth is the defense leads this Penn State squad. It's one of the top units in the country in a host of different statistical categories, and it's also the only defense in the entire FBS that's yet to allow a point in the first quarter of any game this season.
Michigan: It seems some have written off Michigan a little too easily in recent weeks following its loss at home to Michigan State and a narrow victory over Indiana last week. The loss of Wilton Speight has slowed down an offense that was already experiencing some struggles, but a new weapon may have emerged last week. Karan Higdon rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime last week. He could prove to be the spark plug the Wolverines have been looking for on offense.
I believe Michigan's offensive struggles are overblown to a degree -- it's about the red zone more than anything else, which is a legitimate concern -- and I think this game will feature more scoring than one might expect. Of course, that doesn't mean I believe we've got a Big 12-style shootout on our hands, but there will be touchdowns, and I do believe it's going to be close. And that's why I have a hard time passing up the points with Michigan, even if I think Penn State is the better team. Pick: Michigan +10.5
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