Saturday Morning Preview: Penn State

Every Saturday morning we will have a bite size preview of the Michigan opponent of the week.

Opponent: Penn State

Location: Michigan Stadium

Game Time/TV: 3:45 p.m.

Betting Line: MICH -12

Coach: James Franklin

Depth Chart:

2017 Record: 11-2

2018 Record: 6-2

Last Game:Penn State 30 Iowa 24

Top storylines:

Led by senior Trace McSorley and coming off back to back New Year’s Six bowl appearances, 2018 expectations were high at Penn State. So far, they have not lived up to those expectations.

The Nittany Lions have lost their two biggest games of the year to Ohio State and Michigan State, both at home. Now PSU has to gear up for its first real road test of the season at the Big House. Their toughest road game to this point was at Pittsburgh, a game they won 51-6.

Penn State has no problems scoring. They average 41 points per game (ppg) which is good for 12th in the nation. The offense is led by McSorley, the dual threat QB. He’s thrown for 1,629 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also rushed for 617 yards and nine touchdowns. His 617 rushing yards is very impressive because sacks are counted as negative yards for quarterbacks in college. Running back Miles Sanders leads the team in rushing with 834 yards and eight touchdowns. Their 458.9 total yards per game is ranked 20th in the nation.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Nittany Lions allow 22.2 ppg which is 33rd in the nation. Their leading tackler is Micah Parsons with 43 and their leading tackler for loss is Yetur Gross-Matos with six. PSU allows opponents to get 386.8 yards per game, which is ranked 57th in the nation. By comparison, Michigan allows its opponents just 220 ypg which is first in the nation.

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