Michigan vs. Penn State - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1) at Michigan Wolverines (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines clash Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium on ABC.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their first win over a ranked team since beating Wisconsin in 2013. Trace McSorley is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 828 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. McSorley has six career touchdown passes on 130 pass attempts. Chris Godwin and DeAndre Thompkins have combined for 386 receiving yards and one touchdown while Mike Gesicki has nine receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 111.6 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 258 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 27.3 points and 345 yards per game. Marcus Allen leads the Nittany Lions with 21 tackles, Shareef Miller has two sacks and Brandon Bell has one interception.
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The Michigan Wolverines enter this contest having won 10 of their last 13 home games. Wilton Speight is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 686 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Speight has nine career touchdown passes on 105 pass attempts. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 396 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has seven receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 197.6 yards per contest, and Chris Evans leads the way with 157 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 15 points and 296 yards per game. Jabrill Peppers leads the Wolverines with 28 tackles, Mike McCray has 2.5 sacks and Channing Stribling has one interception.
The Nittany Lions are 3-13-2 ATS in their last 18 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in September. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
There's been a lot of close recent games between these two schools, but this is easily the best Michigan team we've seen in quite some time. Penn State also still struggles offensively and will have major issues moving the ball against this Wolverines defense. This may be a little too many points in what should be a defensive battle, but PSU won't score much here. Look for the Wolverines to pull away late like they did last week.