Gameday Coverage: No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 5 Michigan

Here it is, folks.

No. 10 Penn State will march into Ann Arbor against No. 5 Michigan at noon in the Big House.

The Nittany Lions are coming off their bye week after escaping Beaver Stadium with a 17-7 victory over Northwestern the week before. Meanwhile, Michigan is coming off a 31-10 win over Indiana at Bloomington last week, but the score doesn’t reflect how close the game actually was.

With the heart of Penn State’s schedule finally here, here’s everything you need to know about Penn State’s first ranked matchup of the season.


Saturday’s matchup will kick off at noon on FOX. Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will be on the call, while Jenny Taft provides updates from the sidelines.


Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones and Jack Ham
Local: 99.5 & 103.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius/XM/Internet: 80/83/196


Expect clear skies and sunny weather throughout the game. Temperatures will stay in the low 50s throughout the game, according to AccuWeather. It will be a bit windy, though, with winds staying at around 16 miles per hour and gusts getting up to 30 during the game.

Last Meeting

Penn State fell 21-17 to the No. 6 Wolverines on a chilly day in Beaver Stadium last season. Sean Clifford completed only 23-of-43 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown, while Parker Washington led the team with 92 receiving yards. Michigan took the late lead on a 47-yard touchdown pass to tight end Erick All, which turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.


Penn State defensive end Zuriah Fisher is out for the season with an undisclosed injury. James Franklin mentioned he is “hopeful” that wide receiver KeAndre Lambert-Smith will be ready to go for the game, as he seemed to have practice with no issues on Wednesday.

As for Michigan, wide receiver Roman Wilson is probable for the game, as he didn’t travel to Indiana last week. Tight end Erick All and linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green are both most likely to not suit up for the game with undisclosed injuries. Offensive lineman Trente Jones was carted off the field last week with what looked like a high-ankle sprain, so he will probably not play, either.

Betting Lines

Penn State is currently a seven-point underdog on FanDuel Sportsbook. The over/under is set at 49.5 points.

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 Sam Fremin (@SamFremin) and Frankie Marzano (@frankiemarzano) will have you covered from inside of Michigan Stadium’s press box.

Photographer Alysa Rubin (@arubin241) will provide visual updates from the field as well.

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About the Author

Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected].

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