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Michigan vs Penn State – Picks & Predictions
A crucial Big Ten matchup is scheduled this Saturday as the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines travel to Happy Valley to face the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. The 9-0 Wolverines are at the top of the conference standings with Ohio State, while the Nittany Lions are alone in second place, with their only loss coming against the Buckeyes.
Head-To-Head: Michigan vs Penn State
Michigan and Penn State have faced each other 19 times in the regular season, with the Wolverines holding a 12-7 advantage. Michigan won its second consecutive game against the Lions in 2022 in a 41-17 victory. Neither team has won more than two straight games in the all-time series. These squads have yet to face each other in the postseason.
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Michigan vs Penn State Odds
The Wolverines are 4.5-point favorites on the road, with the over/under currently at 44.5. Moneyline odds for the Wolverines are presently at -192, while a bet on the Lions to successfully defend their home field in this game has moneyline odds of +160. Taking either team on the spread in this matchup currently pays -110 odds.
Betting Tips for Michigan vs Penn State
Penn State is 6-2 against the spread this season and has had five games go over the point total. The Wolverines are 4-4-1 this season when favored by 4.5 points or more, with five of their nine contests going over the projected total in 2023. However, Michigan and Penn State rank first and third in the country in points allowed at 6.7 and 11.9 points per game, but these two talented offenses should still go above the projected point total of 44.5.
Michigan is 4-1 against the spread in the last five games against Penn State. While this will undoubtedly be a close game, predictions are that the Wolverines will cover the 4.5-point spread, which they’ve done in their previous five road games.
Michigan vs Penn State Predictions
The Wolverines have blown out opponents by an average of 34 points this season. However, this battle against the Lions will be a bit more challenging as they face the lowest point spread they’ve been favored by so far this season. The advantage in this matchup will go to Michigan, which has many key players back from last season when they won the Big Ten championship and lost a close game to TCU in the CFP playoffs.
Prediction: Michigan -4.5