No. 10 Penn State Football has the chance to pull off a signature victory, and salvage a season that opened with great expectations, when the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines roll into Beaver Stadium Saturday.
The Nittany Lions have one last chance to knock off one of the top-two teams in the Big Ten East division, and a victory would go a long way towards salvaging the Conference championship and College Football Playoff aspirations that James Franklin‘s program entered the 2023 season with.
With the backdrop of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh being suspended for the remainder of the regular season, and a raucous crowd creating one of the toughest environments in sports, will this be the day Penn State finally cracks through into the elite of college football?
Here are our staff picks for Penn State Football vs. Michigan
Robert Casturo – Senior Penn State Football Reporter
Already a physical team, Michigan gets extra motivation with the Harbaugh suspension. Michigan pulls it out late.
Prediction: Michigan 24 – Penn State 17
Danny Friedman – Penn State Football Reporter
Penn State wins a barn burner 30-27. All the distractions surrounding the Michigan program causes too many distractions for the Wolverines. PSU gets a late turnover for a game-winning FG.
Prediction: Penn State 30 – Michigan 27
Derek Brynildsen – Penn State Football Reporter
Penn State’s defense is going to keep this game close, but it’s going to be up to Drew Allar to take this one home for the Nittany Lions. Coming off his best performance of the season last Saturday in College Park, I believe Alalr and the offense find enough explosive plays to eek out a win in front of a sellout crowd.
Prediction: Penn State 24 – Michigan 23.
Chris Snyder – Senior Penn State Wrestling Reporter
Will the Michigan Wolverines be distracted from everything going on around their program? Or will the players play this game with a massive chip on their shoulder and set out to prove whether they steal signs or not, they’re an elite football team?
My bet is on the latter and no matter what the Nittany Lions do, it won’t be enough. Yet again …
Prediction: Michigan 33 – Penn State 17
Evan Smith – Senior Penn State Basketball Reporter
Prediction: Michigan 27 – Penn State 16
David Malandra – Penn State Reporter
With everything surrounding Michigan and it’s more motivation for Penn State Football to make noise and shake up the College Football Playoff the running game will do majority of the damage in the second half .
Prediction: Penn State 30 – Michigan 17