Today in our series of Penn State opponent previews we focus on the Michigan Wolverines. After a dramatic victory by the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley last year, the Wolverines will have revenge on their minds.
Michigan is coming off a season in which it finished a dismal 7-6 (3-5 Big Ten). The Wolverines started last season with a win over Central Michigan and an upset of then No. 14 Notre Dame before winning their next three games to start the season 5-0. However, after a thrilling four-overtime loss to Penn State in Happy Valley, Michigan went on to lose six of its next eight games to finish the season a game above .500.
Their below average season can be attributed to a number of factors, such as how the offense finished the 2013 season ranked No. 86 nationally in total offense and how their offensive line allowed a national-worst 114 tackles for a loss and 3.28 yard per carry as a team.
Because of this, Head Coach Brady Hoke made a number of changes that included the hiring of Alabama Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier to replace Al Borges in the same position.
Penn State will travel to Ann Arbor on October 11th as they are set to play in the first-ever conference night game at the Big House.
- Head Coach – Brady Hoke, 4th year at Michigan (26-13)
- Conference – Big Ten
- 2013 Record – 7-6
- Key Departures – WR Jeremy Gallon, OT Taylor Lewan, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, SS Thomas Gordon, DT Jibrell Black, and NT Quinton Washington
- Key Returners – QB Devin Gardner, WR Devein Funchess, DE Frank Clark, MLB Jake Ryan, CB Blake Countess