ESPN's FPI predicts outcome of Penn State-Michigan game
Penn State and Michigan are in for a close game, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
Both of these teams have had disaster seasons thus far, but the Nittany Lions are winless with losses to Maryland and Nebraska — it’s surprising to see them be pegged as favorites on the road vs. a Big Ten opponent.
Michigan is coming off a triple overtime win over Rutgers. Coach Jim Harbaugh benched starting quarterback early in the game, allowing backup Cade McNamara to come in.
McNamara was excellent, completing 27-of-36 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns.
Harbaugh hasn’t said who will start on Saturday, but McNamara is expected to be the guy.
Penn State also seems to be between quarterbacks at the moment. Will Levis got the start last week, but was eventually replaced by original starter Sean Clifford.
Clifford threw touchdown passes on his first two throws to threaten a comeback, but also threw two interceptions before the game was over.
Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.