No. 10 Penn State Football at No. 5 Michigan Picks, Predictions for Monster College Football Clash

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Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

James Franklin, quarterback Sean Clifford, running back Nick Singleton, and No. 10 ranked Penn State Football takes the road to Ann Arbor for a top-10 clash with No. 5 Michigan, that has the potential to reshape the national championship landscape.

Saturday’s noon kickoff between the Nittany Lions and Wolverines is the biggest test for the pair of top-10 ranked Big Ten rivals.

Here are our picks and predictions for how Saturday’s Penn State Football vs. Michigan game will play out:

L.J. Santa Maria – Lead Football Writer

This is as big of a matchup as you could ask for in the Big House.

Two undefeated top ten rivals meeting in a game not many were talking about in the offseason, but presenting the Nittany Lions a major opportunity. 

Penn State Football has passed both their road tests to reach this point undefeated, including passing with flying colors in their trip down south to Auburn. The physicality and speed this team flashed against an SEC opponent was impressive, no matter how good Auburn is or is not this season. 

Michigan on the other hand faces its absolute toughest challenge to date.

The Wolverines struggled at home with Maryland earlier in October and I think this defense is good, but not as good as the stats and metrics would imply. 

They have faced four of the worst offenses in the country to this point, and I think the combination of this rushing attack mixed with a clean effort from Clifford, the Lions should be able to move the ball. 

Clifford will have to make one or two big throws, but if he can use his legs to move the chains and keep a few drives alive, they should be able to put enough points on the board to win. 

Penn State Wins 28-24 

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Patrick Sweda – Football Writer

The Nittany Lions have been poor off bye weeks in the James Franklin era. Pair that with a difficult time winning at Michigan and this matchup becomes rather unfavorable.

The Wolverines have not played a team as talented as Penn State Football this season. This game will come down to how well Sean Clifford and the offense can move the ball.

A first loss for the Nittany Lions is most likely on the table, given the environment and previous results at the Big House.

However, the over is always played when these 2 teams meet, and the games can often result in blowouts or shootouts.

Prediction: Michigan 35, Penn State Football 24


Derek Brynildsen – Football Writer, Recruiting Analyst

Penn State Football travels to the Big House this Saturday for a matchup against No. Michigan.

The Lions have already faced a few intimating road environments this season when they traveled to Purdue for a Blackout, and Auburn for an Orange Out. And now the Nittany Lions face the Maize Out in Ann Arbor.

I believe this Penn State team has a swagger about them that teams in years past have lacked. I like the Nittany Lions to get the job done on Saturday.

Prediction Penn State 24, Michigan 20.

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