Best ESPN College GameDay signs Week 8: MI vs. Penn State

Best ESPN College GameDay signs Week 8: MI vs. Penn State

Ross Houston
October 21, 2017

But they played a lot of reps. Against a team that can explode on offense like Penn State, this may provide problems, especially on the road. Each week, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and other analysts head to a college campus or venue, the one that hosts arguably the biggest game of the weekend. The Wolverines lone loss came against Michigan State. In addition, during the white out game in 2014 against Ohio State, fans registered at 111 decibels. Any drive that can end in a kick of some sort should be considered a success.

The matchup that should determine the outcome of this game involves the strengths of both teams - Penn State offense versus the MI defense. But, the MI defense is going to step up to the challenge and make this a competitive football game. For Penn State Saquon Barkley is option 1, 2, and 3. His freshman season, Barkley only rushed for 68 yards against MI. Against Michigan's pressure man defense expect Barkley to be lined up all over the field against a linebacker or safety.

Barkley is the feature draw, a likely first-round pick and Heisman Trophy contender.

So far this season, Maxwell is 5-1 picking the results of MI games. It was always going to be important and as the Wolverines get ready to battle the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley tonight, that hasn't changed.

Peoples-Jones is Michigan's best threat in the passing game, but the five-star freshman has just seven catches and is still looking for that first touchdown catch. They average 39.2 points per game, second-best in the Big Ten. With the exception of their two-point victory over Iowa, Penn State has won every game they have played by double digits.

So far this season Rob is 5-1 picking the results of MI games. Trace McSorley will have to get the ball out of his hand quick against a MI defense that leads the nation in nearly all defensive categories. The Wolverines need a balanced effort this week, in all three phases. That leaves John O'Korn as the starter, a player who's struggled mightily. Backed by Karan Higdon and Michael Onwenu, Michigan's ground game is showing signs of being very productive. I'm definitely not conventional, so I'm going with MI in a stunner 24-23.

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