Penn State’s national title quest continues versus Michigan
Penn State will face the toughest three-game stretch they’ve had all season as they continue to fight for a shot at a national title in 2017.
The Nittany Lions are 6-0 and the closest they came to suffering a loss was against Iowa on September 23.
PSU has been clicking on offense with Heisman candidate Saquon Barkley providing playmaking ability out of the backfield as well as on the ground.
Barkley leads the team in receiving yards (395) and he has 8 total touchdowns.
Penn State must find ways to get others involved versus Michigan. Trace McSorley has played well in 2017. The senior has completed 67% of his throws for 1597 yards and 13 touchdowns.
But, the Wolverines’ defense led by Jim Harbaugh, will surely key in on Barkley and the PSU run game.
Versus Michigan State, the Wolverines allowed to running backs to get over 60 yards on the ground and John O’Korn had three picks in the game.
Versus Indiana, the Wolverines ran the ball effectively, but their o-line gave up 5 sacks and the Hoosiers had several big plays through the air.
It should be a physical matchup between PSU and Michigan, but if the Wolverines can’t get better play from O’Korn or whoever steps in at the QB spot, then things can turn sour very quickly.
Penn State has a shot to show the playoff committee that they belong in the national title discussion. Plenty of teams have suffered tough defeats at the hands of unranked opponents and if PSU can take down the Wolverines, Buckeyes and the Spartans, then they should be a lock for a playoff berth.
The Nittany Lions have shown under James Franklin that they are able to produce big gains through the air and their defense, which had four sacks against Northwestern, has been finding ways to shut down opponents all year-long (9 points allowed per game on average).
It is sure to be a wild one at Beaver Stadium as two teams with completely different seasons come together to try to turn heads and make statements.