Saturday, November 3, 2018

2018 Michigan gameday #9: vs. Penn State

A fun thing that happened 16 years ago #AlanBranchKillsQBs
It's the biggest game of the year (this is not a repeat from Wisconsin and Michigan State) as the Michigan #revengetour continues during today's 3:45 matchup with #14 Penn State (6-2).

The #5 Wolverines (7-1) are still riding high on a nice hot streak and are coming off a 21-7 thrashing of Michigan State two weeks ago, plus a bye last week.  The defense was once again as advertised in dominating the Spartans, holding them to under 100 total yards, and the offense did enough to make things comfortable at the end.

Now Michigan gets a visit from coach James Franklin's Nittany Lions.  His team lost in consecutive weeks to Ohio State and Michigan State, a pair of defeats that are largely on his shoulders due to his increasingly incomprehensible calls.  They've played three decent opponents in OSU, MSU, and Iowa, with the latter being their lone win against a quality team.  Michigan will definitely be their toughest remaining test, one that they may struggle to pass without stud RB Saquon Barkley. 

Meanwhile, Michigan surely won't look past PSU as they anticipate easier games at Rutgers and vs. Indiana before heading to Columbus for The Game.  The offense will be tested by a good DL and group of DBs while the D will have to account for the legs of QB Trace McSorley.  The book on him this season has been to force him to throw, and that's likely what Don Brown's #1 defense will do.

As usual a two-score spread belies what I think will be a fairly close game unless the Wolverines find a way to blow things wide open.  Regardless, a win today would put the Wolverines in the driver's seat for some interesting postseason play, pending the result on November 24.  I hope to see my guys grind them into paste Alan Branch-style.


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