The Michigan football team will have eyes on what happens between Ohio State and Michigan State today but need to take care of Penn State first.
The Michigan Wolverines didn’t play the kind of defense we’ve come to expect from this edition of Michigan football in their last outing against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Fortunately, Jake Rudock had one of his best games of the season and the offensive explosion was enough to get the Wolverines out of Bloomington with a double overtime win over the Hoosiers.
It remains to be seen if the defenses troubles were a rare one-week deal or if it was a sign of a troubling crack in what has been a stout wall. The loss of nose tackle Ryan Glasgow was evident as the Hoosiers were able to run the ball more effectively than any other Michigan opponent this season. The magnitude of the step back suggests problems much larger than the loss of one player, so not all is lost with Glasgow out.
While the Wolverines have some things to figure out up front on defense, the trenches will be just as important on the other side of the ball. Penn State enters this week as the FSB leader in sacks with 42 – four more than Alabama who ranks second.
Michigan hasn’t been the same team on the road that they’ve been at home this year, making this contest no gimmie even though the Wolverines are 3.5 point favorites. They need to take care of business at noon then turn their attention to the late afternoon game in Columbus between Michigan State and Ohio State.
A Michigan win in combination with an Ohio State win today turns next week’s edition of The Game into a de facto Big Ten East Championship Game with the winner earning a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game, likely against Iowa.
Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium — State College, PA
Game Time: 12:00 p.m.
National TV: ABC
Radio: 950 AM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Line: Michigan by 13
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