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Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. No. 6 Michigan

We’re back at Beaver Stadium, folks.

Penn State football (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) is back home for a noon matchup against No. 6 Michigan (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten). After snapping their three-game losing streak last week, the Nittany Lions are trying to build a winning streak as the season dwindles down.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s “Helmet Stripe” game.


The game is set to kick off at noon and will be broadcast on ABC. Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will be on the call, while Molly McGrath will be on the sideline with updates throughout.


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Expect some good ‘ol fashion football weather for Saturday’s contest. According to Accuweather, temperatures will get up to just 42 degrees during the game. Additionally, there’s currently a 42% chance of rain at 1 p.m. and a 22% chance at kickoff. Expect wind gusts of up to 22 MPH at kickoff.

Last Meeting

The last time these two teams met, Penn State came in with an 0-5 record. That day in Ann Arbor, the Nittany Lions won their first game of the 2020 season with a 27-17 victory. Keyvone Lee had a big day for Penn State, as he ran the ball 22 times for 134 yards and a touchdown.

The Nittany Lions own a 10-14 all-time record against the Wolverines. However, Penn State is currently riding a two-game winning streak and has won three of its last four games against Michigan.


Since Penn State typically only reports season-ending injuries, we only know that defensive linemen Adisa Isaac, Hakeem Beamon, and PJ Mustipher will miss Saturday’s matchup. James Franklin announced during the bye week the injury Mustipher sustained against Iowa is season-ending.

After practice Wednesday night, Franklin said he “hopes” to have Jesse Luketa and Jonathan Sutherland available after they were both held out of last week’s game.

During his weekly press conference, Franklin announced defensive tackle Fred Hansard will be suspended for the first half of the game after he was seen on camera shoving Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa on the sideline well after the conclusion of a play.

Betting Lines

Penn State is a 1.5-point underdog against Michigan, according to Oddsshark. The Nittany Lions are 6-3 against the spread this year. The over/under is set at 48.5.

Media Coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout today’s game. You can find big plays, photos, analysis, and more on our main @OnwardState Twitter account and Facebook page, and we’ll also provide play-by-play commentary from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Gabe Angieri (@gabeangieri), Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9), and Will Pegler (@gritdude) will have you covered from inside of Beaver Stadium

Photographers Samuel Brungo (@samuelbrungo) and Michael Tauriello (@mtauriello_) will provide visual updates from the field as well.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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