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No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3)
When: Noon Saturday.
Where: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1), WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050). Other radio affiliates.
Line: Wolverines by 2½.
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Game notes: The Wolverines got back on track last week with a 29-7 win over Indiana. Per usual, the run game led the way with 168 rushing yards from Hassan Haskins, though Cade McNamara added 168 passing yards and two touchdowns. Michigan moved up in the College Football Playoff rankings to No. 6 after the victory. But the postseason isn't the only reason Michigan is hankering for another win. Jim Harbaugh would love to exact some revenge on Penn State after the Nittany Lions came into Ann Arbor winless last season but walked out 27-17 victors. In 2021, the Nittany Lions are not fighting for the CFP but would love to play spoiler.
Penn State's season was knocked off-kilter by a loss to then-No. 3 Iowa then derailed with a loss to Illinois that took way longer than any game should. A closer-than-expected defeat at the hands of Ohio State gave PSU and James Franklin an ugly three-game losing streak, snapped only by last week's win vs. Maryland. With Sean Clifford at quarterback and Jahan Dotson on the outside, Michigan's solid defense could be tested.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan football beats Penn State, 21-17: Game thread replay