Penn State football faces a difficult challenge this week in Ann Arbor.
Two hiccups at home against Ohio State and Michigan State likely derailed the chance for Penn State football to participate in the College Football Playoff. Still, there’s still an opportunity for the Nittany Lions to earn a spot in a prestigious bowl game. First, before those chips fall into place, Penn State needs to get through the month of November.
Up next is what will likely be the toughest test of the year — a trip to Michigan to face the Wolverines.
The Nittany Lions enter the week with back-to-back wins over Indiana and Iowa. They will look to keep the momentum rolling this.
Senior quarterback Trace McSorley was banged up against Iowa last week, but was able to come back in for the second half and lead the Nittany Lions to victory. He’ll need to be on top of his game this week to knock off the Wolverines.
Redshirt freshman KJ Hamler has been a dangerous weapon for Penn State, both on offense and kick returns.
Ranked No. 14 in the nation ,the Nittany Lions will have to be solid in all three facets of the game.
As for Michigan, the Wolverines are coming off a bye week and sit ranked as the No. 5 team in the nation. Always tough on defense, the Michigan offense has woken up over the last few weeks, led by quarterback Shea Patterson.
Getting past the Wolverines will be a tall task, especially in front of the home crowd.
Penn State will be looking for revenge from its blowout loss in Ann Arbor during the 2016 season. Kickoff between the Nittany Lions and Wolverines is set for 3:45, with the game airing live on ESPN.