Penn State rises to No

Lester Mason
October 16, 2017

The bye week is over and Penn State has a White Out date with Big Ten East rival Michigan Saturday night at Beaver Stadium. The Wolverines followed that loss up with a near-loss the next week, needing overtime to defeat Indiana. The Tigers lost a three-point game to the three-touchdown underdogs.

MI entered the 2015 season-opener - Harbaugh's debut - as a five-point underdog against Utah. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 49 tackles, Chase Winovich has 5.5 sacks and Lavert Hill has two interceptions. The Nittany Lions are in the driver's seat for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but must get past a brutal three-week span that begins with a home game against the Michigan Wolverines. The Nittany Lions haven't had a hard game on paper outside of the Iowa game back on September 23.


Kyle Bonagura and David M. Hale of ESPN.com believe a second-seeded Penn State will play TCU in the Sugar Bowl and Alabama will play Clemson.

Although Penn State was idle last weekend, the Nittany Lions took advantage of the flurry of upsets in college football and rose to No. 2 in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 poll. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. After they host Michigan, they then travel to Ohio State and Michigan State in what will be, by far, their toughest stretch of the season. MI is a combined 7-30 on third down in those two games, and it had just 58 passing yards last week.

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