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Michigan vs Penn State 10/15/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) vs. Michigan Wolverines (6-0)
October 15, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -7 / Penn State Nittany Lions +7; Over/Under: 51
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The Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions clash Saturday in week 7 Big Ten college football action at Michigan Stadium. The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their first 6-0 start since the 2019 season. The Michigan Wolverines look for back-to-back 7-0 starts.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have won 4 of their last 7 road games. Sean Clifford is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,030 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Parker Washington and Brenton Strange have combined for 516 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Mitchell Tinsley has 19 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 192.6 yards per contest, and Nicholas Singleton leads the way with 454 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 14.8 points and 342.4 yards per game. Ji’Ayir Brown leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 25 tackles, Dani Dennis-Sutton has 3 sacks and Zakee Wheatley has 2 interceptions.

The Michigan Wolverines haven’t lost a home game since November 2020. J.J. McCarthy is completing 78.3 percent of his passes for 1,152 yards, 9 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ronnie Bell and Luke Schoonmaker have combined for 619 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Roman Wilson has 12 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 212.3 yards per contest, and Blake Corum leads the way with 735 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 11.3 points and 247 yards per game. Junior Colson leads the Michigan Wolverines with 37 tackles, Mike Morris has 5 sacks and Rod Moore has 2 interceptions.

The Nittany Lions are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October. The Wolverines are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Nittany Lions last 8 conference games. The under is 6-1 in Wolverines last 7 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Wolverines last 7 games overall. The favorite is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

The Penn State Nittany Lions and the free touchdown is attractive given their start and what they’re capable of offensively. However, Penn State has had a soft schedule for the most part through 5 games, and their pass defense that’s ranked 100th in the country isn’t encouraging. The Michigan Wolverines make a case as the best defensive team in college football, and their offense is seventh in scoring offense. There are just levels here, and Michigan is a couple levels above, honestly. I’d need more points to consider the Nittany Lions. Give me the Wolverines by double digits.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Michigan Wolverines -7

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