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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines

Penn State
Nittany Lions
5 - 0
Michigan
Wolverines
6 - 0
October 15, 2022, 12:00 PM EDT
 | Michigan Stadium

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Penn State
Nittany Lions
5 - 0
Michigan
Wolverines
6 - 0
October 15, 2022, 12:00 PM EDT
 | Michigan Stadium
  • It’s always a big game when the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) face the Michigan Wolverines (6-0, 3-3), but this year’s clash also has massive postseason implications. Both teams are undefeated going into Saturday’s tilt in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines are 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.

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    Nittany Lions vs Wolverines Sportsbook Odds

    After being favored by 17-plus points in four of their first five games, the Wolverines opened as just 7.5-point chalk against the Nittany Lions. The spread had dipped even further within a few hours as most sportsbooks were offering Michigan -7 at the time of writing.

    Get the best Nittany Lions vs Wolverines odds and lines available from our recommended sportsbooks for your favorite picks of the night.

    • Best Spread
      PSU
      MICH
    • Best Moneyline
      PSU
      MICH
    • Best Total
      Over
      Under

    Penn State Coming Off Bye Week After Struggling To Beat Northwestern

    The Nittany Lions haven’t played since a mistake-filled 17-7 win over Northwestern on October 1, providing Penn State with plenty to work on during its bye week. Taking better care of the ball is a top priority after the Lions gave it away five times against the Wildcats.

    Fortunately, Penn State’s defense excels at taking the ball away as well. The Nittany Lions forced three turnovers that led to 14 of their 17 points against Northwestern as Penn State held a fourth straight opponent to 14 points or less.

    The Nittany Lions tend to play things a bit closer to the vest as a road underdog, going UNDER the total in six of their last seven in that role, and limited depth at receiver could lead to another low-scoring affair. Wideout KeAndre Lambert-Smith left the game against Northwestern with a leg injury that required him to be outfitted with a walking boot.

    Wolverines Unimpressive In Win At Indiana But Should Be Better At Home

    Although Michigan is 6-0 SU for the second straight season, the jury is still out on just how good the Wolverines are. Voters in the AP Top 25 poll certainly don’t seem sold on Michigan, dropping the Wolverines from fourth to fifth in this week’s rankings following their unimpressive 31-10 victory at Indiana.

    The Wolverines found themselves in a 10-10 deadlock with the Hoosiers at halftime, although Michigan players may have had trouble focusing after seeing running game coordinator Mike Hart collapse on the sideline in the first quarter. Michigan eventually pulled away in the second half thanks to sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy, who posted the first 300-yard passing performance of his collegiate career, and a defense that allowed just 29 yards in the final 30 minutes.

    Michigan might look more like itself returning to Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines are 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games. They’re also 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Big Ten contests and 6-2 ATS in their last eight vs the Nittany Lions.

    Nittany Lions: Keys To Victory

    Penn State has had the bye week to prepare for this pivotal contest, and the Lions also have a significant advantage in big-game experience at quarterback with sixth-year senior Sean Clifford. Penn State’s ability to slow things down and play low-scoring games as a road underdog should help the team stay within striking distance.

    Wolverines: Keys To Victory

    McCarthy has been one of the best quarterbacks in college football this season, leading the nation in completion percentage and ranking fifth in pass efficiency. He could be in for a big day against a Penn State defense that is 100th in the nation vs the pass despite having faced soft opposition so far this year.

    College Football Computer Pick: Wolverines -7.5

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    Shark Bites
    • The UNDER is 7-0 in Michigan’s last 7 games.
    • Michigan is 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 at home.
    • Penn State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 vs Michigan.

Odds

Saturday, October 15 Sat Oct 15


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+7.5
-110
+250
o50.5
-110
-7.5
-110
-300
u50.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+6.5
-104
+225
o49
-111
-6.5
-116
-265
u49
-109

Edge Finder

34.40
Total Score
45.40
251.00
Passing Yards
234.80
192.60
Rushing Yards
221.80
32:11
Time on Field
31:30
72.00
Number of Plays
64.80
6.16
Yards Per Play
7.05
34.40
Total Score
45.40
8.40
First Quarter
13.00
10.80
Second Quarter
13.60
7.40
Third Quarter
5.60
7.80
Fourth Quarter
13.20
251.00
Passing Yards
234.80
33.00
Pass Attempts
25.20
20.80
Pass Completions
18.40
1.40
Sacks
1.60
9.40
Sack Yards
14.00
12.07
Yards Per Pass
12.76
192.60
Rushing Yards
221.80
39.00
Rush Attempts
39.60
4.94
Yards Per Rush
5.60
0.40
Interceptions
0.20
1.20
Fumbles
1.00
0.80
Fumbles Lost
0.20
1.20
Total Turnovers
0.40
6.00
Penalties
2.80
54.20
Penalty Yards
26.80
32:11
Time on Field
31:30
72.00
Number of Plays
64.80
6.16
Yards Per Play
7.05
4.60
Punts
3.20
44.75
Punt Average
45.44
69.00
Return Yards
57.60

Head To Head

PSU
Stat Type MICH
5-5
Record
5-5
4-6
ATS
6-4
6-4
O/U
6-4
24.40
Score
28.00
122.80
Rush Yds
168.00
30.60
Pass Attempts
29.60
55.56
Completion %
57.77
194.10
Passing Yds
198.20
316.9
Total Yds
366.2
1.30
Turnovers
1.00
PSU
Stat Type MICH
2-1
Record
1-2
1-2
ATS
2-1
1-2
O/U
1-2
24.00
Score
19.67
154.67
Rush Yds
153.00
32.67
Pass Attempts
32.67
56.12
Completion %
57.14
189.33
Passing Yds
201.67
344
Total Yds
354.67
0.33
Turnovers
1.00
Nov 13/21 (1 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Home
Away
17
Score
21
+2.5
ATS
-2.5
48 o
O/U
48 u
109
Rush Yds
144
44
Pass Attempts
29
54.55
Completion %
65.52
223
Passing Yds
217
332
Total Yds
361
1
Turnovers
1
Nov 28/20 (2 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Away
Home
27
Score
17
+1
ATS
-1
56.5 o
O/U
56.5 u
254
Rush Yds
174
29
Pass Attempts
28
58.62
Completion %
46.43
163
Passing Yds
112
417
Total Yds
286
0
Turnovers
1
Oct 19/19 (3 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Home
Away
28
Score
21
-7.5
ATS
+7.5
47 o
O/U
47 u
101
Rush Yds
141
25
Pass Attempts
41
56.00
Completion %
58.54
182
Passing Yds
276
283
Total Yds
417
0
Turnovers
1
Nov 3/18 (4 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Away
Home
7
Score
42
+13
ATS
-13
49.5 o
O/U
49.5 u
68
Rush Yds
259
17
Pass Attempts
17
47.06
Completion %
64.71
118
Passing Yds
144
186
Total Yds
403
3
Turnovers
0
Oct 21/17 (5 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Home
Away
42
Score
13
-7.5
ATS
+7.5
42.5 o
O/U
42.5 u
224
Rush Yds
103
26
Pass Attempts
28
65.38
Completion %
57.14
282
Passing Yds
166
506
Total Yds
269
1
Turnovers
1
Sep 24/16 (6 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Away
Home
10
Score
49
+18
ATS
-18
56 o
O/U
56 u
78
Rush Yds
326
27
Pass Attempts
35
59.26
Completion %
60.00
121
Passing Yds
189
199
Total Yds
515
2
Turnovers
0
Nov 21/15 (7 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Home
Away
16
Score
28
+3.5
ATS
-3.5
43 o
O/U
43 u
70
Rush Yds
87
32
Pass Attempts
38
40.63
Completion %
65.79
137
Passing Yds
256
207
Total Yds
343
1
Turnovers
2
Oct 11/14 (8 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Away
Home
13
Score
18
+2.5
ATS
-2.5
42.5 o
O/U
42.5 u
54
Rush Yds
64
33
Pass Attempts
26
63.64
Completion %
61.54
160
Passing Yds
192
214
Total Yds
256
1
Turnovers
1
Oct 12/13 (9 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Home
Away
43
Score
40
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
51.5 o
O/U
51.5 u
85
Rush Yds
149
45
Pass Attempts
29
51.11
Completion %
51.72
305
Passing Yds
240
390
Total Yds
389
4
Turnovers
3
Oct 30/10 (10 of 10)
PSU
Stat Type MICH
Home
Away
41
Score
31
+3
ATS
-3
55 o
O/U
55 u
185
Rush Yds
233
28
Pass Attempts
25
60.71
Completion %
44.00
250
Passing Yds
190
435
Total Yds
423
0
Turnovers
0

Team Records

PSU
Record MICH
5-0
All
6-0
3-0
Home
4-0
2-0
Away
2-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
3-2
ATS
3-3
1-2
ATS Home
2-2
2-0
ATS Away
1-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
3-2
O/U
0-5-1
1-2
O/U Home
0-3-1
2-0
O/U Away
0-2
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0
PSU
Record MICH
2-0
All
3-0
1-0
Home
1-0
1-0
Away
2-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
1-1
ATS
1-2
0-1
ATS Home
0-1
1-0
ATS Away
1-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
1-1
O/U
0-3
0-1
O/U Home
0-1
1-0
O/U Away
0-2
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0
PSU
Record MICH
5-0
All
6-0
3-0
Home
4-0
2-0
Away
2-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
3-2
ATS
3-3
1-2
ATS Home
2-2
2-0
ATS Away
1-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
3-2
O/U
0-5-1
1-2
O/U Home
0-3-1
2-0
O/U Away
0-2
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0

Gametime Weather

Weather
11:00am Partly Cloudy
8ºC / 47ºF
53% Humidity
0% Precipitation
46% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 15
mph

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries
NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries

Last 10 Games

DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Oct 1, 2022NWEST17-7W-25.5/50-L/U220140360312102412
Sep 24, 2022CMU33-14W-28/61.5-L/U16623740388275363-4
Sep 17, 2022AUB41-12W-2.5/47.5-W/O245232477119296415-4
Sep 10, 2022OHIO46-10W-28/55-W/O234338572991642630
Sep 1, 2022PUR35-31W-3.5/53.5-W/O98308406703564260
Jan 1, 2022ARK10-24L+3.5/51-L/U125198323361904510
Nov 27, 2021MSU27-30L-3.5/51.5-L/O613133741832684511
Nov 20, 2021RUT28-0W-14/45-W/U1492584076793160-1
Nov 13, 2021MICH17-21L+2.5/48-L/U1092233321442173610
Nov 6, 2021MARY31-14W-10/56.5-W/U9336345648371419-2
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DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Oct 8, 2022INDY31-10W-23.5/57.5-L/U165304469192032220
Oct 1, 2022IOWA27-14W-10.5/42-W/U172155327352462810
Sep 24, 2022MARY34-27W-17/66-L/U243220463128269397-2
Sep 17, 2022UCONN59-0W-47.5/59-W/P1922734658624110-1
Sep 10, 2022HAW56-10W-53/66.5-L/U2683205881401132531
Sep 3, 2022COLST51-7W-31/60.5-W/U23420644082137219-2
Dec 31, 2021GA11-34L+7.5/46-L/U882373251903285183
Dec 4, 2021IOWA42-3W-12/44-W/O2112504611041752791
Nov 27, 2021OSU42-27W+6.5/64.5-W/O297190487643944581
Nov 20, 2021MARY59-18W-16/58-W/O151352503181178359-1
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