Free Press writers and columnists make predictions for Saturday’s games involving Michigan and Michigan State.
No. 13 Michigan (5-1) vs. No. 10 Wisconsin (4-1)
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday.
Where: Michigan Stadium
TV/radio: ABC; WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
Line: Wolverines by 8½.
The breakdown: Michigan vs. Wisconsin scouting report
U-M 24, Wisconsin 10: Hello world, this is Shea Patterson. Playing under lights, on the big stage, Patterson will have a breakout performance against Wisconsin’s beat-up secondary. This is the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will fully unleash him. And Patterson is going to take over this game.
U-M 27, Wisconsin 16: And it may not be that close. The Badgers don’t get blown out. They chew up clock and man the gaps on defense and are maddeningly difficult to play. But these aren’t those Badgers. U-M has too much up front on defense, and the offense finding its footing.
U-M 21, Wisconsin 17: Wisconsin’s defense hasn’t looked the part, but it’s still on Michigan’s offensive line to prove the last five weeks weren’t a fluke. If Patterson gets some time, U-M’s going to score. Wisconsin can pound the ball and might have more success than some think, thanks to the poor health of Michigan’s defensive front. But if Jim Harbaugh continues to expand this offense at the pace he has already set, U-M wins.
Michigan State (3-2) at No. 8 Penn State (4-1)
When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday.
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
TV/radio: Big Ten Network, WJR-AM (760).
Line: Penn State by 13½.
The breakdown: Michigan State vs. Penn State scouting report
Penn State 27, MSU 13: This won’t be the beat down some think. At least not early. The Spartans have a good locker room, a few playmakers, and a quarterback who has had success against Penn State. They find a way to make it a game for a while.
Penn State 35, MSU 14: Penn State won’t be able to run on the Spartans – nobody can. But Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley is going to have a monster day, a 380-yard, three-TD type of performance. Meanwhile, the Spartans will continue to struggle on the ground (yeah, I know, really going out on a limb there) and MSU QB Brian Lewerke won’t be able to manufacture enough offense on his own.
Penn State 38, MSU 13: Until the Spartans’ offensive line gets healthy and develops cohesion, it will be a challenge for the offense to produce points in critical moments. If they cannot maintain possession, the Nittany Lions will not let up on offense – and QB Trace McSorley can pick apart a defense that continues to struggle against the pass.
Source : https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/2018/10/11/michigan-football-michigan-state-our-picks/1607173002/