2. PSU’s defense will suffocate the Wolverines
Pundits galore have raved about the Wolverines historically dominant defense — It helps when Michigan knows what plays are coming, allegedly, however, let’s not overlook Penn State’s defensive unit. Checking in as the nation’s third best scoring defense in the country, according to TeamRankings, the Nittany Lions are stout at the point of attack, as well as physical and athletic in the secondary.
Up front, and led by former consensus five-star defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton, PSU will wreak havoc on a Michigan offensive line that has yet to be tested this season. As such, holes will be tighter for the Wolverines’s stable of running backs, specifically playmakers Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards.
In addition, J.J. McCarthy’s pocket will be compressed in a manor that he hasn’t seen since the CFP semifinal loss to TCU last year. In turn, the Cass Tech grad and Detroit native, ball-seeking cornerback Kalen King will be primed to pick off a pass or two towards Penn State pulling off this epic upset win.