Game 10 Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Michigan Game 10 Preview

Michigan is coming off a big win over Purdue, winning 41-13 and continuing their undefeated season. Penn State is coming off a big win over Maryland in which they continued to try to keep their chance of reaching the Big Ten Championship game alive with a 51-15 victory.

Michigan Wolverines 9-0 (6-0 Big Ten) vs. Penn State 8-1 (5-1 Big Ten)

Date: Saturday, November 11
  12:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
Line: Wolverines -3.5 / O/U: 43.5

2023 Team Stats


2023 Record — 9-0 (6-0 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 424.2 (1)
Passing Yards: 257.1 (3)
Rushing Yards: 167.1 (4)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 231.4 (1)
Passing Yards Allowed: 141.3 (1)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 90.1 (3)
2023 Points Scored: 40.7 (1)
2023 Points Allowed: 6.7 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 3

 Penn State:

2023 Record — 8-1 (5-1 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 394.0 (4)
Passing Yards: 220.8 (5)
Rushing Yards: 172.3 (3)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 234.4 (2)
Passing Yards Allowed: 173.9 (5)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 60.6 (1)
2023 Points Scored: 40.2 (2)
2023 Points Allowed: 11.9 (3)
2023 CFP Ranking: 10

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Michigan 16-10-0
Current streak: Michigan has won two straight
Last Michigan win: 2022 (41-17)
Last Penn State win: 2020 (27-17)

2023 Player Stats

Michigan Wolverines

Passing: J.J. McCarthy- 156-206, 2134 yards, 18-3 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Blake Corum – 126 ATT, 649 YDS, 16 TD
Receiving: Roman Wilson – 36 REC, 589 YDS, 10 TD
Tackles: Junior Colson – 49 (17-32)
Sacks: Josaiah Stewart – 4.5
Interceptions: Mike Sainristil – 3

Penn State

Passing: Drew Allar – 181-288, 1895 YDS, 20-1 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Kaytron Allen – 119 ATT, 573 YDS, 4 TD
Receiving: KeAndre Lambert-Smith – 51 REC, 645 YDS, 4 TD
Tackles: Curtis Jacobs – 36 (25-11)
Sacks: Adisa Isaac – 6.5
Interceptions: Daequan Hardy & Dominic DeLuca – 2

Michigan Players To Watch:

Offense: Quarterback – J.J McCarthy – Junior

McCarthy will be relied on heavily as Michigan is taking on the top-ranked rush defense in the Big Ten and one of the best in the country. McCarthy will have to play his best game, not turn the ball over, and make the best of every opportunity he has with the ball in his hands; look for McCarthy to do just that and even make a big statement in his name for the Heisman Trophy.

Defense: Linebacker – Junior Colson – Junior

Colson will lead the Michigan defense that ranks third in the Big Ten in stopping the run going up against the third-rank rush offense in the Big Ten; this test can lead to a victory. If Michigan can shut down Penn State’s run, the Wolverines will come out on top and look for Colson to be fired up and all over the field, making plays to lead this defense.

Bottom Line: Michigan Faces First Tough Test

The Wolverines will have a tough three weeks coming up as they have Penn State, Maryland, and Ohio State, who combined are 22-5 and 13-5 in the Big Ten. Michigan has been dealing with some outside news, but they haven’t let it distract them from their ultimate goal, and that’s winning a National Championship, and a win this weekend can help them get one step closer to reaching that goal.


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