19th-Ranked Michigan Travels to 2nd-Ranked Penn State

Penn State Football

Penn State Had Off-Week Before Facing Michigan

The fans at Beaver Stadium will the 19th -ranked Michigan Wolverines and the 2nd-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions when they take their seats on Saturday. Game time is set for 7:30 pm EST. It will be broadcast live by ABC.

The Nittany Lions were idle last week. That is before they begin a season-defining three-week stretch.  After Saturday’s test, Penn State travels to No. 6 Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan State. It is make or break time in Happy Valley.

Oddsmakers have listed Penn State as 7.5-point favorites. The total is sitting at 43. Penn State opened as a 9.5-point favorite.

Penn State Looking for Payback After 2016 Annihilation

Last time out for Penn State, they were a 31-7 winner as they battled the Northwestern Wildcats on the road. Penn State covered in the match as a -14.5-point favorite, while 38 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Nittany Lions are focused on a Wolverines team that blasted them 49-10 last year in Ann Arbor. PSU won nine straight games after en route to the Big Ten championship. They are 15-1 since. Its only loss was a 52-49 Rose Bowl thriller against USC.

Lions running back Saquon Barkley is the FBS leader in all-purpose yards per game at 217. He has emerged as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate. Quarterback Trace McSorley has also played well.

Penn State is atop the FBS in scoring defense at 9.0 points per game.

Michigan Hopes Stellar Defense Can Hold PSU

Michigan was a 27-20 winner on the road against the Indiana Hoosiers. They earned a push of the -7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (47) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Michigan leads the FBS in total defense at 223.8 yards per game. The Wolverines are also in the top 10 in scoring defense, rush defense, pass defense and pass-efficiency defense.

Junior Karan Higdon ran 25 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana.  Those are all career highs. His 25-yard scoring run in the extra period proved to be the winner.

Quarterback John O’Korn was only 10 of 20 for 58 yards through the air.

The Wolverines are eighth or worse in the Big Ten in every major offensive category except rushing. They have scored only six touchdowns on 18 trips to the red zone.


Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records
Michigan Wolverines
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf2-10-12-01-1-10-11-0-121.6714.677.00
Last 32-10-12-01-1-10-11-0-121.6714.677.00

Penn State Nittany Lions

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf3-01-02-02-11-01-132.3313.3319.00
Last 33-01-02-02-11-01-132.3313.3319.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense27.17829.001
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense186.6784154.5021
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense208.3330138.7556
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense39.671914.679
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense294.2528179.3321
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense150.008640.332

Head To Head Summary

Penn State4-65-56-424.80113.703.3032.1054.83206.20319.901.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 24, 2016PENNSTMICH10-497812119923261895150
Nov 21, 2015MICHPENNST28-16872563432701372071
Oct 11, 2014PENNSTMICH13-18541602141641922561
Oct 12, 2013MICHPENNST40-431492403893853053904
Oct 30, 2010MICHPENNST31-4123319042301852504350
Oct 24, 2009PENNSTMICH35-1016623039601101402504
Oct 18, 2008MICHPENNST17-462028929112312514821
Sep 22, 2007PENNSTMICH9-1410116927021661703362
Oct 14, 2006MICHPENNST17-101161963120-142001861
Oct 15, 2005PENNSTMICH25-2718123942021632123751

College Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Michigan Wolverines

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Oct 14, 2017INDIAN27-20W-7/44P/O2715832980198278-2A
Oct 7, 2017MICHST10-14L-12.5/40L/U102198300158942525H
Sep 23, 2017PURDUE28-10W-13.5/51W/U139284423301591891A
Sep 16, 2017AIRFOR29-13W-23/52.5L/U190169359168642320H
Sep 9, 2017CINCIN36-14W-31.5/51L/U193221414681322000H

Penn State Nittany Lions

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Oct 7, 2017NWESTN31-7W-14.5/51.5W/U9528638167198265-3A
Sep 30, 2017INDIAN45-14W-18.5/60.5W/U39331370177175352-3H
Sep 23, 2017IOWA21-19W-12.5/53L/U295284579821912731A
Sep 16, 2017GA.ST56-0W-38/54.5W/O166360526150170320-5H
Sep 9, 2017PITT33-14W-19/63P/U148164312155187342-2H

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Forecast for State College

Next up:
Michigan home to Rutgers Saturday, October 28
Penn State at Ohio State Saturday, October 28

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