Sep 14, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Central Florida Knights. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines Preview

It’s homecoming week in Happy Valley!  After a disappointing loss in Bloomington, the Lions will return home for a prime time clash in a sold out Beaver Stadium against Michigan. After failing to beat the Wolverines for a stretch of 10 years from 1997 to 2007, Penn State has won the last 3 meetings.  Saturday night’s game marks the first between two of college football’s most storied programs since 2010.  With the advent of the East/West divisions, PSU and Michigan will become division rivals, and meet annually.

The Wolverines are undefeated, including 1-0 in the Big 10 after dominating Minnesota 42-13 in the conference opener on Saturday in Ann Arbor.  After holding on against Akron, and narrowly beating UConn in their previous two games, the 29 point blow out was a welcome site.  With Denard Robinson gone to the NFL, Brady Hoke has turned to Devin Gardner at quarterback, who of course wrapped up the 2012 season as the starter.  Fitz Toussaint is back after breaking his leg, and leads Michigan in rushing at just under 400 yards, and 7 touchdowns.  Gardner is right behind him 318 yards and 6 scores.  PSU will need to slow down that ground game, while forcing Gardner to the air, where has struggled at times, throwing 8 interceptions. The Nittany Lion offense will need to regain the form it had throughout the non conference slate, but a very good Michigan defense will make that tough.

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