By Harry Allison
Saturday night’s Penn State-Michigan game has far higher stakes than in some recent years.
ESPN’s College GameDay will be right outside Beaver Stadium for their show, and the rest of the country will get to see it in primetime.
Penn State is undefeated at 6-0 and coming off a rare road win over a ranked team.
The Nittany Lions defense is clearly one of the best in the country, and has yet to give up 14 points in a game. Quarterback Sean Clifford has been solid in his first year as a starter while running back Noah Cain has scored a TD in five games this year.
Michigan has recovered nicely since its blowout loss to Wisconsin several weeks back. It’s true that two of those three wins have come against Big Ten cellar-dwellers Illinois and Rutgers, but wins are wins. The Wolverines have yet to truly impress this season, but a win over Penn State would speak volumes.
ESPN’s computer model gives the Nittany Lions a 78.6-percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.
Michigan has won four of their last five games against Penn State, but lost the showdown at State College in 2017.
Whoever wins this game will be seen as the biggest threat to Ohio State for Big Ten East division supremacy.
The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. EST on ABC.