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Penn State vs. Michigan: Game Preview, Streaming Info and Predictions

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Conference play opens with a matchup between the Wolverines and Nittany Lions.

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The fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines (3-0) welcome Penn State (2-1) to the Big House on Saturday afternoon in the first game of conference play.

The beginning of Big Ten play usually means that the competition is about to ramp up and that the Wolverines have a tougher road ahead of them, and that may be true, but not this week. Michigan comes in as a superior team talent-wise and should have about as easy of a time as they have had in the last few weeks.

Penn State’s best shot in this game is to beat up Wilton Speight and stifle the Michigan offense. It could certainly be a physical affair, but with the Nittany Lions’ struggles defensively to start the year and Speight’s arsenal of playmakers, Michigan should be able to move the football.

Running back Saquon Barkley is also worth keeping an eye on, as he is also Penn State’s best player. Michigan has to be aware of him at all times and cannot allow him to make plays in the open field.

Michigan looks like they will be getting some reinforcements back, as well. Jourdan Lewis looks primed to play Saturday after missing the first three games of the season and it appears Taco Charlton could be ready to roll, too.

James Franklin is on the hot seat in Happy Valley and a win over the Wolverines would be a huge boost to his job status, but they do not have the horses, or the coaching staff in place to upend Michigan in their own house. After last week’s struggles against Colorado, expect Jim Harbaugh’s team to be ready to go from the kick on Saturday, and that does not bode well for Penn State.

Prediction Time

Michigan 37, Penn State 17

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Game Info

Teams: Penn State (2-1) vs. No. 4 Michigan Wolverines (3-0)

Date: September 24th, 2016

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (107,601)

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Television: ABC/WatchESPN App

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)

Spread: Michigan -18.5, O/U 57

Fun Facts

  • The game will be seen on ABC by a national crowd. Dave Flemming, Brian Griese and Todd McShay will be on the television call.
  • This is the 20th time that Michigan and Penn State have met with the Wolverines holding an all-time record of 12-7, including a 28-16 win last season in Happy Valley.
  • Michigan has won nine of its last 10 and 32 of its last 34 conference opening games. They are 82-25-2 all-time conference openers.
  • This is Michigan’s 69th conference opener at home.
  • Michigan is 2-1 against Penn State when ranked in the top 5 and 9-4 overall as a ranked team in this game.
  • Nebraska and Rutgers are the only two teams in the conference that Michigan has not played in a Big Ten opener.

Week Four College Football TV/Streaming Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(5) Clemson at Georgia Tech 7:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Wyoming at Eastern Michigan 7:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
TCU at SMU 8:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
USC at (24) Utah 9:00 pm FS1 / ESPN3
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(11) Wisconsin at (8) Michigan State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
(12) Georgia at (23) Ole Miss Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Kent State at (1) Alabama Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(13) Florida State at USF Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Iowa at Rutgers Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Colorado State at Minnesota Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
San Jose State at Iowa State Noon FSN / ESPN3
Nevada at Purdue Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Charlotte at Temple Noon ASN / ESPN3
East Carolina at Virginia Tech 12:30 pm ACCN / WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Virginia 12:30 pm RSN / WatchESPN
Syracuse at UConn 1:00 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Wagner at Boston College 1:00 pm WatchESPN
Gardner-Webb at Ohio 2:00 pm ESPN3
(19) Florida at (14) Tennessee 3:30 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
Penn State at (4) Michigan 3:30 pm ABC / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at North Carolina 3:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
BYU vs. West Virginia (Landover, MD) 3:30 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Duke at Notre Dame 3:30 pm NBC / NBCSports.com
Boise State at Oregon State 3:30 pm FS1 / ESPN3
Wake Forest at Indiana 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
Appalachian State at Akron 3:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati 3:30 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at UMass 3:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
UTSA at Old Dominion 3:30 pm KMYS-CW 35 / CUSA.TV
Western Illinois at NIU 3:30 pm ESPN3
Delaware State at Missouri 4:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky 4:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Tulsa at Fresno State 4:30 pm MWN
Colorado at Oregon 5:30 pm Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
(18) LSU at Auburn 6:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
North Texas at Rice 6:00 pm CUSA.TV
Ball State at Florida Atlantic 6:00 pm CUSA.TV
(6) Houston at Texas State 7:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Missouri State at Kansas State 7:00 pm K-StateHD.tv
Georgia Southern at Western Michigan 7:00 pm ESPN3
Army at Buffalo 7:00 pm ESPN3
Louisiana Tech at Middle Tennessee 7:00 pm ASN / ASN.com
New Mexico State at Troy 7:00 pm ESPN3
Nicholls State at South Alabama 7:00 pm ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State 7:00 pm ESPN3
UCF at FIU 7:00 pm beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect
Oklahoma State at (16) Baylor 7:30 pm FOX / ESPN3
(20) Nebraska at Northwestern 7:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
South Carolina at Kentucky 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
(3) Louisville at Marshall 8:00 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
(7) Stanford at UCLA 8:00 pm ABC / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at Memphis 8:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Southern Miss at UTEP 8:00 pm Campus Insiders
UL Lafayette at Tulane 8:00 pm ESPN3
(17) Arkansas vs. (10) Texas A&M (Arlington, TX) 9:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Idaho at UNLV 9:00 pm MWN
California at Arizona State 10:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Air Force at Utah State 10:15 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(9) Washington at Arizona 10:30 pm Pac-12N / Pac-12.com