Detroit News columnists John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski, with beat writers Angelique Chengelis and Matt Charboneau, discuss last week's games and this week's lineups. With a special appearance by WMU coach P.J. Fleck.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Penn State game.
Angelique S. Chengelis: The Wolverines got a wake-up call last week and overcame a two-touchdown deficit. This week they may see the return of some vital defensive personnel in Jourdan Lewis and Taco Charlton, and maybe Bryan Mone. Penn State has injury issues and its rush defense is vulnerable. Michigan 42-14
Matt Charboneau: Michigan faced its first adversity of the season early against Colorado but came roaring back behind the play of Jabrill Peppers. Penn State did well to get back in the win column against Temple, but the Nittany Lions come to Michigan Stadium with multiple injuries and plenty of holes. Expect Michigan’s defense to stifle RB Saquon Barkley and fluster young QB Trace McSorley while the offense will take advantage of a depleted defense. Michigan 44-17
Bob Wojnowski: The Nittany Lions have sped up and spread out their offense, and RB Saquon Barkley can do significant damage. That could pose trouble for the Wolverines defense, which has been susceptible to big plays. But they might get three injured defenders back, including CB Jourdan Lewis, and you’d expect coordinator Don Brown to make adjustments. Michigan 40-20
John Niyo: Penn State’s offensive line is still learning on the fly, and the team already has 12 fumbles. Michigan’s front seven will feast on that. And with injuries decimating Penn State’s linebacker corps, another 40-point day seems possible, if not likely. Michigan 38-17