The Wolverines (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) got 200 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing from junior running back Karan Higdon in a 27-20
overtime win at Indiana last week, but
still dropped two spots to No. 19 in the AP Top 25. Penn State (6-0, 3-0) is
ranked No. 2 in the nation and is coming off a bye in its schedule.
Michigan beat Penn State 49-10 last season in Ann Arbor. The Nittany Lions have since won 15 of their last 16 games, including
12 straight in the Big Ten. The No. 2 ranking is the program’s highest since 1999.
Michigan-Penn State football game time, details
Michigan and Penn State are playing at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 21. The game is on ABC.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
Weather: Clear skies, low of 47 degrees, light winds, 10 percent chance of rain
The line: Penn State -9.5
What TV channel is Michigan-Penn State on?
The Michigan-Penn State game will be televised on ABC. You can find your
local ABC station channel here.
How can I watch Michigan-Penn State online?
The Michigan-Penn State game can be watched online at
How can I listen to Michigan-Penn State on the radio?
The Michigan broadcast can be heard on the
U-M/IMG Sports Network with flagship WWJ-AM (950) in Detroit. The Penn State broadcast can be found on the
Penn State Sports Network, SiriusXM 81, Internet 81.
Michigan-Penn State preview, keys to game
1. Win the turnover battle
One week after turning the ball over five times in a loss to Michigan State, Michigan didn’t commit a turnover for the first
time this season. That proved critical in the Wolverines’ 27-20 overtime win at Indiana. It will be even more important against
Penn State, which leads the Big Ten with a plus-12 turnover margin. The Nittany Lions don’t need much help on offense, but
they’ve taken advantage of those extra possessions, scoring 80 points off 17 takeaways this season. Michigan has been inconsistent
on offense, so it can’t get into a run-and-gun game with Penn State. The Wolverines’ defense needs to come up with some turnovers
against a team that has lost just five this season.
2. Win on third down
Michigan is the best defense in the country on third down, allowing opponents to convert just 20.5 percent of their opportunities.
The Wolverines need to get off the field defensively when they have that chance. Penn State is capable of hitting big plays,
but Michigan has been good at limiting those this season. On the flip side, the Wolverines’ offense has to keep the chains
moving. It has been its own worst enemy this season, committing turnovers and penalties, or just having inconsistent execution
that has resulted in stalled drives. Michigan is averaging 33 minutes, 37 seconds of possession time despite converting just
31.5 percent of its third-down chances. The Wolverines can help themselves immensely by converting at a higher rate and staying
on the field offensively.
3. Red zone = end zone
Jim Harbaugh mentioned this week that the Wolverines were a perfect 3 for 3 in the red zone against Indiana. Well, they were
sort of perfect. Yes, Michigan scored all three times it got inside the Hoosiers’ 20-yard line, but twice it had to settle
for Quinn Nordin field goals. Three points at a time is a dangerous way to live against Penn State. The way the Wolverines’
offense has performed, it’s uncertain how many chances it will get that close to the end zone. Michigan needs touchdowns,
not field goals against Penn State. The only time the Wolverines want to see Nordin on the field is for extra points.
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