Penn State at Michigan: 11/28/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Michigan Wolverines (2-3) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (0-5)
Game Info: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Michigan Stadium)
Betting Odds: Michigan Wolverines -2.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Michigan Stadium to take on the Michigan Wolverines this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are still searching for their first win of the season as the Nittany Lions fell to 0-5 (0-5 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa Hawkeyes, 41-21, this past Saturday. Penn State struggled with turnovers against the Iowa defense and could not fight back after falling behind by a 31-7 margin midway through the 3rd quarter. Penn State was outgained by Iowa by a 361-342 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was WR Jahan Dotson who had 8 receptions for 139 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, Penn State is averaging 24.6 ppg on 418.0 total yards per game (279.0 passing yds/g; 139.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Penn State has been led by QB Sean Clifford who has completed 57.2% of his passes for 1,070 yards, 11 TD, & 8 INT. Clifford is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Nittany Lions as he has 182 rushing yards & 1 TD on 64 carries. The top receiving threats for the Nittany Lions have been Jahan Dotson (31 rec, 527 yards, 6 TD), Pat Freiermuth (23 rec, 310 yards, TD), and Parker Washington (21 rec, 256 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Penn State backfield has been Devyn Ford who has 209 rushing yards & 2 TD on 56 carries.
Defensively, Penn State is allowing their opponents to average 36.0 ppg on 360.2 total yards per game (221.6 passing yds/g; 138.6 rushing yds/g).
The Michigan Wolverines snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 (2-3 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 48-42 in 3OT, this past Saturday. Michigan allowed Rutgers to force OT after the Scarlet Knights scored on a 4th down late in the 4th quarter, however, the Wolverines were able to get to win after a big defensive stop after scoring to kick off the 3rd OT. Michigan outgained Rutgers by a 495-486 margin and forced one turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolverines was QB Cade McNamara who completed 27 of 36 passes for 260 yards & 4 TD.
On the season, Michigan is averaging 30.6 ppg on 400.8 total yards per game (278.0 passing yds/g; 122.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Michigan has been led by RB Hassan Haskins who has 272 rushing yards & 4 TD’s on 46 carries. QB Cade McNamara (31 of 46 for 334 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT) looks like he will be the QB going forward after replacing Joe Milton (79 of 138 for 1,056 yards, 4 TD, 4 INT) last game. The top receiving threats for the Wolverines have been Ronnie Bell (22 rec, 361 yards, TD), Cornelius Johnson (13 rec, 221 yards, 3 TD), and Giles Jackson (15 rec, 167 yards).
Defensively, Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 36.0 ppg on 437.8 total yards per game (274.0 passing yds/g; 163.8 rushing yds/g).
The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their las 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Michigan and Penn State have both been two of the biggest disappointments in College Football season, however, I think the current state of the Nittany Lions is much worse. Penn State has looked awful over the past two weeks in their losses against Nebraska (who just got destroyed by Illinois) & Iowa and as I think Cade McNamara will find success against the Penn State defense, I’m taking the home team to cover this small spread. Good Luck!