(19)Michigan @ (2)Penn State
(Favorite: Penn State - 7 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: Penn State - I think the Michigan defense prevents PSU from running away with this one, but the UM offense prevents UM from winning. Nits by 13
Cory: This should be one of the biggest Big Ten games of the season, yet, with the way Michigan has been playing lately it doesn't feel like it will be much of a game. The Wolverines were not a good offensive team to start with, and have really struggled since the season-ending injury to quarterback Wilton Speight. John O'Korn is struggling mightily, as seen in the team's loss to Michigan State last week, and their overtime win against Indiana last week. Penn State's only real challenge thus far came in their narrow win over Iowa. Michigan's defense may keep this game close, but expect Penn State to be in control for most of the game. Penn State 28, Michigan 14
Dave: Penn State 21 - Michigan 14
Gregg: As with most of my predictions this week, I am going based on what I have seen on the field so far this year. I have got to see plenty from both of these teams. Michigan statistically has a great defense but have yet to prove it against a great team, and they have displayed absolutely offense. Meanwhile, the Lions have been solid on both sides of the ball. The only game that was close for them was the last second victory over Iowa. Night game, GameDay present, White Out, Sticky Buns, Ice Cream, the Wolverines do not have a chance. Result, Michigan will have to work to get any higher than 4th place in the B1G East, and it sets up the biggest game of the season to date next week in Columbus as OSU faces Penn State. And if the Michigan defense is as suspect as I think they are, expect Saquon Barkley to have a game that makes a Heisman statement. Penn State 38 Michigan 10
Jason: It’s make or break time for the Nittany Lions.. This week starts a 3 week stretch where we will find out how good this Penn State team is. Let’s face it, they haven’t played what could be considered a high powered group of opponents and outside of the last second win at Iowa, they haven’t been tested either. They start this run hosting Michigan before heading to Ohio State and Michigan State. Jim Harbaugh has struggled with his rivals, going 1-2 and 0-2 against the Spartans and Buckeyes, but he sits 2-0 against Penn State and has done it relatively easily. This Penn State team will provide his largest challenge, sitting #2 in the country and in the driver’s seat to a playoff appearance. With all the talk about Saquon Barkley and his Heisman hopes, it should be noted that he has only eclipsed the 100 yard mark twice all season and that’s against mediocre defenses. This Michigan front will be the most talented he will have seen thus far. The Wolverines problems stem primarily from their offense or lack thereof. QB John O’Korn threw for just 58 yards a week ago at Indiana but RB Karan Higdon did have a big game on the ground, rushing for over 200 yards which give Michigan fans a glimmer of hope. For Penn State, QB Trace McSorley is having a solid year but protecting him has been an issue. The Penn State offensive line has really struggled and they will face the best front they have seen all year so it will be very important for McSorley to get the ball out quick. Penn State will be the best defense Michigan has faced as well and that’s not a good recipe for success for an already struggling offense. Bottom line, night game, white out in Beaver Stadium, it will be important for Michigan to get stops early to quiet the crowd. If Penn State jumps out early, things could get ugly for Michigan. I don’t expect a lot of points in this game, but if Michigan turns the ball over a couple times, that could spell disaster. In the end, Penn State will capitalize on field position and although they won’t put up big offensive numbers, they will score enough and Michigan will struggle to score at all. Penn State knocks Michigan out of the Big Ten East race and head to Columbus for the biggest game of the Big Ten season. Penn State 24 Michigan 6
Joe-S-U: Penn State by 11 points
John: The natives are starting to get restless up north. Quirkiness (perhaps even weirdness???) is great when you are winning. All of a sudden, though, UM is staring at the real possibility of a 3 or 4 loss season. The UM defense keeps this one close into the 4th, but the Lions are just better. Penn State 27 Michigan 17
jOShUa: If there is one positive thing I can say for Michigan, it is that their defense is great, but their offense is in trouble. Quarterback Whisperer Jim Harbaugh has not had his impact with O'Korn, and the running game will need to carry the Wolverines if they want to keep up with point with the Nittany Lions. I think Penn State will have a focus from the bye week as they know what is on the line, with three straight ranked opponents, and only this game at home. I expect Michigan to contain Barkley, but McSworley is the key in this game. A rough and tumble Big Ten game. Penn State 13 - Michigan 10
Dr. Mark: PSU 24-17 - hard to tell How good Michigan really is. Barkley is a fine player and is the key to all their victories
PJSBuck: The NATIONAL and Big Ten game of the week for me. Going to be awesome to watch. If you can't watch this, record it for later. I expect a small war Saturday night. Personally, I hope the BOTH LOSE. I listened to James Franklin's weekly press conference and frankly came away impressed, even though I still think he is a pompous butt. This game could go into OT. I am going with Penn State by 6 or less which will set up our season-showdown on the line next week with the pukey Lions.
Pia Pete: Penn State waxes TBGUN. PSU 45 – UM 17
Coach Rick: What a rough road for Penn State ahead for the next couple of weeks. If PSU looks ahead to next week they will lose. If they take care of business, like I think they will, they will win. I have PSU on top 35 to 17.
Steven: UM has not looked good this year, and their QB, John O' Can of Creamed Korn passed for just 58 (FIFTY EIGHT! Who do they think they are Navy?) yards in UM's OT victory against Indiana. I know he's second string, but so much for Harbaugh being the QB whisperer. Fortunately for Michigan, the run game was working for them, so not putting the QB in a position where he needs to win the game for you was a smart move. The running lanes will not be as wide this week, and to keep up with the Nittany Lion offense UM will need score better than their average. Their defense is good, but not good enough to contain an elite, balanced Penn State team. I'm sure things could go sideways for PSU this week, but everything points to Saquon Barkley just running all over the Wolverines. PSU 45-21
Trout: The Nittany Lions will win this game. Although I don't think PSU is as good as advertised, They still have the advantage over Michigan. The have the current front runner for the Heisman in Saquon Barkley in their back field. McSorley has proven to be a good facilitator of the football. And the most obvious advantage is that the game is being played in Beaver Stadium at night. The crazy PSU fans will be loud and belligerent. In regards to Michigan, besides a decent running game last week, the Wolverines has not had a good offense this season. Neither Wilton Speight or John O'Korn have proven to be the answer at quarterback. Michigan's defense will keep it close for a while, but with Barkley leading the way, the Nittany Lions win by a few scores. (Penn State, 35-17)
Vaughn: The Wolverines have a great offense and speedy defensive backs to try to slow down Penn State’s potent offense. Unfortunately, their offense stinks. Penn State rolls over Michigan 35-14 to set up showdown against the Buckeyes.
GameDay: David Pollack predicts a 3 point win for Penn State, Ki Jana Carter and Lee Corso also go with the Nittany Lions. Desmond Howard goes with his home boys.
Final Score: Penn State 42 Michigan 13