Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Michigan
The biggest game of the season is here. Penn State hosts Michigan Saturday in the White Out. Will this be the signature win that’s eluded James Franklin, or will the nation’s No. 12 team avoid the upset? Our staff is split on the subject.
Ben Berkman (season record 9-1): Michigan 20, Penn State 17
James Franklin said two weeks ago that he doesn’t care about signature wins. Care or not, Franklin has yet to accrue one during his Penn State tenure. Saturday will be another opportunity for Franklin’s first major win…but I don’t see it happening.
Michigan – aside from the last second misfortune of a poor snap, and first game under new coach jitters – has found a way to win. It steamrolled the same Northwestern side Penn State came out flat to, 38-0. And it defeated an Indiana team on the road that gave national title contender Ohio State an equal amount of trouble.
Penn State meanwhile failed to close out its one close loss of the year, and, though 6-0 at home for the first time in a decade, has some narrow home victories (read: Army) over teams far interior to the Wolverines.
Franklin’s first signature win won’t come for at least another week.