Nittany Lions get mauled in MI

Nittany Lions get mauled in MI

Nittany Lions get mauled in MI

McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback as well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast.

The numbers tell a story. On the season, he's thrown for 1,628 yards, 12 TDs and four INTs and has run for another 617 yards and nine scores.

A Big Ten championship would be incredibly sweet, seeing as the Wolverines haven't won one since 2004. Getting a team still playing for something meaningful this season presents Penn State an opportunity to show some pride and provide a reason to be encouraged about the remainder of the season. Even after the Notre Dame game, it looked like the more of the same. Penn State came to Ann Arbor for a matchup of top-15 Big Ten programs and will likely be Michigan's toughest opponent until the Wolverines play Ohio State late in the season.

If Clemson, Notre Dame and MI all won out after that, then the decision would be down to MI, the hypothetical Big Ten champion and Alabama, a one-loss juggernaut.

The fifth-ranked Wolverines have already avenged 2017 losses to Wisconsin and Michigan State in blowout fashion this season.

"He was doing so well", Harbaugh said. It's going to take a major effort from McSorely in this one to keep the Nittany Lions close. The offensive line has been the biggest punching bag for MI fans in recent years, failing to protect the quarterback or allow plays to develop downfield. They are 2-5 in those games. The biggest is that MI football lost to a playoff team and didn't get blown out by an unranked opponent as Ohio State did. "You can play against an offense that can protect, they can attack that". On the ensuing drive, Penn State's Tommy Stevens, in for McSorley, threw an ugly pick-six to Brandon Watson to make it 28-0.

"Obviously, everybody knows he got dinged up in the game, so I'm not keeping that a secret", coach James Franklin said.

"He's trying to get in the game", said Kwity Paye, who has started in Gary's place.

What is different that suggests MI can pass this test the second time around?

McSorley's patient backup and Penn State's starting "Lion" - expected to be in the game.

No, Penn State isn't as explosive as it was last fall when it beat MI 42-13 in Happy Valley.

The Michigan revenge tour continued in emphatic fashion once again. "It's just, I think, that's a fact at this point". "I think there is a little more confidence in this team". MI seemed to dictate the first quarter with a strong rushing attack and a stingy defense. The Wolverines gave up 30 points in those three quarters of play, but have allowed just 85 points in the other 29 quarters the rest of the season.

"We're halfway there", Winovich said. "We're done playing around". "The nice thing is we can determine how we're going to go ahead and attack people". If UM gets through those games unscathed, and Ohio State, which edged Nebraska 36-31 on Saturday, takes care of Michigan State and Maryland on the road, it will create a Big Ten East title game at Ohio Stadium on November 24.

There's a feeling the Wolverines can pass that test, too.

After suffering three losses in the division, this could be a real gut-check moment for Penn State. That's the challenge Brown faces next.

"That's the cat-and-mouse game, and that's the fun part of coaching", he said.

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