Undefeated Michigan looks to remain perfect against gritty Nittany Lions
In Week 11 college football action, the 9-0 Michigan Wolverines will face the 8-1 Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten showdown. The Nittany Lions’ only loss this season came in a close game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Now, at home, they’ll look to knock off the undefeated Wolverines.
Of course, the buzz heading into this game and any other game involving Michigan is the ongoing investigation into allegations of sign stealing, but the game continues.
The Wolverines are coming off a 41-13 win over Purdue, where running back Blake Corum had 15 carries for 44 yards and three touchdowns. The Nittany Lions handled the Maryland Terrapins on the road, 51-15. Sophomore quarterback Drew Allar completed 25 of 34 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
Wolverines look to remain undefeated against stout Nittany Lions defense
To this point in the season, the Wolverines haven’t played a defense like the Nittany Lions. The Wolverines have allowed just 6.7 points per game so far, the least in the nation, and Penn State has allowed the third least at 12.5. Penn State has given up just 190.4 passing yards per game and an FBS-low 55.9 rushing yards per game.
Nittany Lions’ path to victory likely includes downfield passing
This season, Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar has completed 181 passes on 288 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.8. Overall, he’s thrown for 1,895 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt, with 20 touchdowns and one interception. His average depth of target is 7.6 yards. Of his attempts, only 9.3% have come on passes for 20+ yards downfield. He’s completed eight of 27 passes at that distance for 263 yards and six touchdowns. Against Michigan, he may need to pass more downfield to prevent the defense from stacking the box and creating pressure.
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Michigan vs. Penn State injury report: Who’s out, who’s starting
The Penn State Nittany Lions have several players who are day-to-day following their Week 10 matchup against Purdue. Michigan, meanwhile, has two. For Penn State, the headline player is top pass rushing prospect Chop Robinson. Karmello English is day-to-day for the Wolverines.
Michigan Wolverines Week 11 injury update: Karmello English day-to-day
Penn State Nittany Lions Week 11 injury update: Chop Robinson Leaves Week 10 Early