Michigan at Penn State: 11/13/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3) vs Michigan Wolverines (8-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)
Betting Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions +2.5 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 6th ranked Michigan Wolverines will travel to Beaver Stadium to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 6th ranked Michigan Wolverines improved to 8-1 on the season after defeating the Indiana Hoosier, 29-7, this past Saturday. Michigan was outstanding defensively against Indiana and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 17-7 lead. Michigan outgained Indiana by a 411-195 margin and forced 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolverines was RB Hassan Haskins who had 168 rushing yards & 1 TD on 27 carries.
On the season, Michigan is averaging 36.2 ppg on 451.4 total yards per game (217.3 passing yds/g; 234.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Michigan has been led by the RB duo of Hassan Haskins (165 att, 829 yards, 11 TD) & Blake Corum (130 att, 778 yards, 10 TD). QB Cade McNamara has completed 62.5% of his passes for 1666 yards, 9 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Wolverines have been Cornelius Johnson (28 rec, 456 yards, 3 TD), Erick All (26 rec, 255 yards), Mike Sainristil (15 rec, 236 yards, TD), & Daylen Baldwin (12 rec, 219 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 16.0 ppg on 298.2 total yards per game (173.4 passing yds/g; 124.8 rushing yds/g).
The Penn State Nittany Lions snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-3 on the season after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 31-14, this past Saturday. Maryland was able to tie the game at 14-all early in the 4th quarter, however, Penn State dominated the Terrapins the rest of the way and pulled away by closing out the game with 17 unanswered points. Penn State outgained Maryland by a 456-419 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was WR Jahan Dotson who had 11 receptions for 242 yards & 3 TD.
On the season, Penn State is averaging 26.8 ppg on 384.1 total yards per game (277.7 passing yds/g; 106.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Penn State has been led by QB Sean Clifford who has completed 64.0% of his passes for 2371 yards, 16 TD, & 6 INT. The top receiving threats for the Nittany Lions have been Jahan Dotson (71 rec, 932 yards, 9 TD), Parker Washington (43 rec, 498 yards, 2 TD), KeAndre Lambert-Smith (27 rec, 419 yards, 2 TD), & Brenton Strange (14 rec, 156 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Penn State backfield has been Noah Cain who has 293 rushing yards & 4 TD on 93 carries.
Defensively, Penn State is holding their opponents to an average of 16.7 ppg on 350.7 total yards per game (213.6 passing yds/g; 137.1 rushing yds/g).
The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games and 6-1 straight up in their last 7 games.
Michigan has been outstanding this season, however, I think the Michigan offense is going to run into some trouble on the road against a Penn State defense that currently ranks 10th in scoring defense. Michigan has also been solid defensively this season, however, they did struggle recently against both Nebraska & Michigan State allowing them to combine for 66 points. Penn State isn’t an offensive juggernaut, however, they have a solid QB and one of the best WR’s in College Football in Jahan Dotson and as I think Penn State is going to have success at home in this one, I’m taking the Nittany Lions and the points. Good Luck!