Michigan Wolverines vs Penn State Nittany Lions NCAAF Week 8 Game Preview
The Michigan Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions will face off in front of raucous fans in Happy Valley this week. This matchup will not only have huge Big 10 implications, but could impact the way the AP Poll will look like in the coming weeks of the 2019 NCAAF season. Go ahead and read the 2019 NCAAF Week 8 Michigan vs. Penn State preview by Nitrogen Sports Blog.
Michigan vs Penn State 2019 NCAAF Week 8 game preview
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, Centre County, Pennsylvania
2019 NCAAF Odds: Michigan (+9) vs. Penn State (-9)
What to know about the Wolverines (5-1)
Michigan vs. Nittany Lions2019 NCAAF Week 8 moneyline odds for the Wolverines: +267
A tough stretch lies ahead for the Wolverines. After defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini last Saturday, 42-25, to extend their winning streak to three games, the Wolverines will have Top 25 opponents in their next two outings, beginning with a matchup against No. 7 Penn State on the road in Week 8.
Traveling to the Happy Valley is never an easy trip, and this time Michigan will have to deal with a “white-out” in Beaver Stadium. Over 110 thousand rapid fans will be in attendance. But under head coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan has come to embrace the underdog mentality.
The Wolverines have gotten away with some sloppy play, but they likely won’t against the Nittany Lions’ stout defense, so Michigan will have to straighten its act on offense. The Wolverines have a -0.2 turnover margin per game average.
What to know about the Nittany Lions (6-0)
Michigan vs. Nittany Lions2019 NCAAF Week 8 moneyline odds for the Nittany Lions: -347
Penn State keeps on climbing up the college football rankings. After beating fellow Top 25 team Iowa in Week 7, the Nittany Lions find themselves ranked seventh overall. Penn State keeps rising in the rankings because it boasts one of the most complete teams in all of college football.
Their high-powered offense and swarming defense allow them to have their way with most opponents. Halfway through the 2019 season they’ve dominated on both sides of the ball. The Nittany Lions have averaged more than 424.4 total yards and 34.6 points per game, while allowing the ninth fewest yards per game on defense.
- Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last five head-to-head matchups against Penn State.
- Penn State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 home games.
Michigan is right behind Penn State in the Big Ten standings, and has a chance to share at least a tie for second place in the conference with a win in the 2019 NCAAF Week 8 Wolverines vs. Nittany Lions matchup. Have you made your NCAAF picks for Michigan vs. Penn State? Make sure to check out our sports betting guide first.