After a 2-0 start, the No. 5 Michigan football team’s self-proclaimed “Revenge Tour” takes a week off, but will be back in Ann Arbor for its third stop against No. 17 Penn State Nov. 3.
And as announced Monday, the Wolverines will host the Nittany Lions in late afternoon. The matchup will kick off at 3:45 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPN.
While avenging wins over No. 20 Wisconsin and at rival Michigan State to reenter the College Football Playoff picture were possibly Michigan’s biggest wins under Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Penn State will represent the most sizable revenge that the Wolverines seek this fall. A season ago, the Nittany Lions hosted Michigan and handed the Wolverines a 42-13 loss — their worst loss of Harbaugh’s tenure.
When the two teams meet this year, Michigan will likely be a healthy favorite for a number of reasons. The Wolverines (5-0 Big Ten, 7-1 overall) have won seven straight games and have outscored teams at Michigan Stadium this fall, 230-67 with every game decided by three touchdowns, including a 38-13 win over No. 20 Wisconsin.
Penn State (2-2, 5-2), meanwhile, has dropped home contests against Michigan State and Ohio State by a combined five points. The Nittany Lions — who were tasked with replacing eight defensive starters as well as Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton this offseason — won at Indiana, 33-28 this weekend, and will host No. 18 Iowa this weekend. They do have a season-opening overtime win over No. 25 Appalachian State as well.
While there was speculation that the game would be at night, it appears that the combination of Penn State’s de facto elimination from the College Football Playoff and the highly touted Alabama-Louisiana State matchup have pushed television networks to move Michigan-Penn State earlier in the day. Instead, the Wolverines game will compete with Georgia-Kentucky on CBS and other lower-profile games.
Though Rutgers could feasibly make its Nov. 10 matchup against Michigan a night game, the Wolverines’ appear unlikely to play another night game this regular season. Michigan’s matchup against Ohio State has already been announced as a Noon game on FOX, while the Wolverines are able to veto their home game against Indiana to be a night game since it’s a late-November game.
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