Michigan vs. Penn State Preview

The #4 Michigan Wolverines (3-0) took care of business against their non-conference opponents handily, with a scare coming in Week 3 against Colorado.  Now that it’s behind them, the team looks ahead to their Big Ten schedule, which will now consist of nine games.  Their quest for a Big Ten title begins when they host Penn State.

Opponent Overview.  

The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1) have had a fairly impressive non-conference season themselves, with their only blemish coming on the road to in-state rival Pitt.

There’s no doubt that the departure of Christian Hackenberg left a big hole in the Nittany Lions’ offense, but sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley is doing his part in filling that gap.  He’s thrown for 828 yards and four touchdowns, with his most frequent targets being junior Chris Godwin and sophomore DeAndre Thompkins (NOT Hopkins).

Whenever the blue and white aren’t putting the ball through the air, they’re putting it in the hands of sophomore running back Saquon Barkley who’s run for 258 yards and six touchdowns.

Michigan Players to Watch

Jabrill Peppers-He probably won’t have to be as good as he was against Colorado ito help the Wolverines this time around.  However he will have to prove that the multi-dimensional talent he showed last week was no joke.

Wilton SpeightIt seemed as if the bad side of the starting quarterback would come back to bite Michigan a week ago.  Not only will Speight have to play better than he did, but he’ll have to show consistency throughout the game, something that seemed to be lacking against Colorado.

Michigan’s Defense-For much of last weeks game, Michigan’s pass coverage was left completely exposed.  Of Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau’s 16 completions, three of them were for over 35 yards and two of them resulted in touchdowns for the Buffaloes.  Perhaps its a result of All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis’ absence from the team, but either way, it’s a situation that needs to be fixed quickly.

The game will be broadcast Saturday, September 24 at 3:30 on ABC.




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