3 observations from Michigan's win over Penn State

11 November, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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The Nittany Lions allowed two safeties on punts last week, giving up four points with a blocked kick and a poor snap. He and his teammates were showing up Saturday to take it back.

Michigan's 2018 defense - led by senior defensive end Chase Winovich - is playing with an edge.

Penn State got eliminated from the conference title race with its embarrassing loss to MI and now they are just playing for a better bowl game and to ruin others seasons as they fall the hardest from three to seven in the rankings.

"It's not a good feeling and we're all personally accountable for it", Brown said. After Maryland, they have MI and Purdue so IN is going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat if they want to go bowling this season. Brown once again boasts a defense that is arguably the best in the country and with a lack of big playmakers on the offensive side of the ball like Saquon Barkley, Penn State could struggle here. During that same stretch, No. 5 MI has grown from a threat in the Big Ten to the league's undisputed top playoff contender.

Harbaugh has had some issues letting big games get away in recent years, but that wasn't going to happen Saturday.

"He was doing so well", Harbaugh said. "He's the king. He's the king of defensive coordinators".

McSorley hurt his right knee in last week's loss to Iowa. They need two wins to get in a bowl game as well and with three tough games against Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin, odds are Minnesota is on the outside looking in this season as Purdue is on a roll lately and becoming a big underdog in the conference.

Stevens wasn't the answer.

MI also locked down the Penn State receivers, with defensive backs senior Brandon Watson and junior David Long each intercepting a pass. Watson went on to score from his interception, solidifying Michigan's unstoppable lead even more.

Star defensive tackle Rashan Gary is dressed and it looks like he'll be on the field today.

On Saturday, Michigan bullied Penn State all afternoon, avenging last year's loss and staking its claim as the Big Ten's best team. Two of those successful conversions came with less than a yard to gain, and the other two came in garbage time of blowout victories. "Just get it to third down".

Offense was as equally daunting for the Wolverines. Karan Higdon runs for 100 yards every week, Shea Patterson's jersey stays clean, and the offense is able to function with few defects.

Patterson threw the ball just 17 times, completing 11 for 144 yards and two TDs.

Peoples-Jones popped up after scoring and mimicked the touchdown celebration former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley used to pull out after big plays. MI has been taking notes during the past few years of finishing third in the Big Ten's powerful East Division. "It's more than just beating certain teams". "That's not a controversial statement". I've got to make that throw.

There is no question about it, Michigan's defense is absolutely dominant. They play IN this week IN what is a game that Maryland needs to win if they want to go to a bowl game as their last two games are against Ohio State and Penn State. Also, the Wolverines pass the eye test by having arguably the best defense in college football. This week they play MI in what should be a disgusting loss for Rutgers, but if they were to upset MI, it would be the biggest upset in the NCAA this season. Yet, the only conference that really has any hope of jumping MI, is the SEC, which has an outside shot at getting two teams in at the Wolverines expense.

The revenge tour is over, it's time now for the Wolverines and that stingy, salty defense to aim higher.


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