The Broncos make the trip to a hostile environment in Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon in a matchup against the No. Western Michigan vs.
However, with a desire to open the offense up and utilize more tempo and spread concepts, coach Jim Harbaugh hired Josh Gattis from Alabama to call plays in So far, the results are mixed.
The Wolverines rank eighth in the Big Ten in scoring On a positive note for Michigan, the offense has scored at least 42 points in two out of its last three games.
Of course, those performances came against Rutgers and Illinois.
For the Wolverines to get on track offensively on Saturday night, it starts by winning up front. Linemen Yetur Gross-Matos 5.
In addition to winning the battle up front, Michigan has to get quarterback Shea Patterson on track. The senior is completing The move to more of a spread approach was supposed to help the Wolverines take advantage of the playmakers at receiver.
However, this group still needs more opportunities. However, Gattis and Patterson have to do a better job of getting this group more involved.
No opponent has managed more than 13 points against the Nittany Lions this year, and the defense is holding teams to just 3. The Nittany Lions average 6.
New quarterback Sean Clifford is completing Also, as evidenced by his rushing yards, the junior can hurt defenses with his legs.
Mobility could be a huge asset for Clifford on Saturday night. The Wolverines struggled in the loss to Wisconsin, but the defense is finding its stride thanks to the emergence of linebacker Cam McGrone and linemen Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye.
The Wolverines are ninth in the conference versus the run, allowing However, a deeper look shows Michigan is only giving up 2. The Nittany Lions will test this group with a couple of running backs.
When Penn State has the ball, the question marks and battles to watch are similar to the ones facing Michigan. Can the Nittany Lions hold up in the trenches on the ground and in pass protection against an aggressive Michigan front?
Assuming the Wolverines stuff the run and generate a handful of negative plays, Clifford will have to win this game with his arm. Both defenses rank among the best in college football and yards and points will be at a premium.
They meet again Saturday night in one of the most anticipated games of college basketball's final regular-season weekend. It's a meeting Tom Izzo said, when asked by a reporter this week , that he thinks is the biggest matchup in the rivals' history.
With that in mind, a couple of plays, turnovers or special teams could make a huge difference. Penn State has lost only six turnovers, while Michigan has 13 giveaways this season. The Nittany Lions have the better offense, homefield advantage and edge in the turnover department.
Those factors are likely to swing a close, low-scoring game in their favor.