How to watch MI vs. Penn State

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2018

The Wolverines wanted to win big, getting revenge after getting routed and humiliated against the Nittany Lions previous year.

Michigan State got a win over Maryland last week, a team that is dealing with a lot right now, but they are getting healthier and playing better and now they take on Ohio State.

"Wanted them to be reminded of that feeling", Brown said. The college football odds for the game have the Wolverines favored by double digits to pick up the win here.

No. 5 MI is on a revenge tour, according to defensive end Chase Winovich. "That's not a controversial statement".

But just because Penn State puts up points doesn't mean MI won't be able to cover.

On their rampaging "Revenge Tour", No. 4 Michigan Wolverines ( 8-1 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) rolled over No. 21 Nittany Lions ( 6-3 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) with a final score of 42-7.

"(McSorley) has a really good feel for what Coach Franklin wants to do offensively, especially in the throw game, and he has a number of guys he to the throw the ball to", Brown said.

Jim Harbaugh did what he could to prevent Penn State from scoring at all, challenging a call on its last drive and calling timeout twice.

No, Penn State isn't as explosive as it was last fall when it beat MI 42-13 in Happy Valley. It starts with Northwestern this week in what will be a tough game that could go either way. He has run for 100-plus yards in seven straight games, one shy of the school record set by Mike Hart in 2007.

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Enter Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, who had 282 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception in last year's game - but also added 76 rushing yards and three rushing scores. Junior Chris Evans provided a spark with a 32-yard run, and junior Shea Patterson continues to be a weapon with the read option. "The way they were pressuring us and loading the box, having the ball with Trace's mobility was critical". When the Lions' defense broke through the offensive line, Patterson was still able to complete his passes, as seen when wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones made an incredible 23 yard reception for a mid-air touchdown.

Penn State ran for five yards in the first quarter and minus-11 in the second, dominated up front by U-M's defensive line. "I think there is a little more confidence in this team".

MI defensive end Rashan Gary returned from a three-game absence because of an injured right shoulder and receiver Tarik Black took a big step in his comeback from foot surgery by catching a touchdown pass that was negated by a penalty. The Wolverines also have some revenge from last season's drubbing by the Nittany Lions, a game where Penn State dominated from the opening kickoff and rolled up 42 points, the most MI gave up all season to any team.

Right now, you would be hard pressed to find a team that is playing better than MI football.

IL is fighting for a bowl game and got a big win over Minnesota last week and improve to 4-5 as they need to win two of their final three games this season and this week is Nebraska, who is coming off a close loss to Ohio State and seem to be on the upswing, so IL is going to be in a dogfight.

MI will likely move up a spot because No. 4 LSU lost to top-ranked Alabama.

The Wolverines' defense proved formidable, leaving the Nittany Lions scoreless in the first half for the first time since 2016.

Only a mistimed jump by Higdon on a high screen pass prevented a big play on what was a great call in the first quarter.

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