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Penn State vs. Michigan: Where to watch, betting line and the big story

November 26, 2018

Penn State looks for its second straight win over Michigan on Saturday, when the teams meet in Ann Arbor. Here are the details and lineups for the game.

PENN STATE (6-2) VS. MICHIGAN (7-1)

• 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium

• TV: ESPN

• RADIO: WPIT 730-AM; SiriusXM channel 203

• SERIES HISTORY: Michigan leads 13-8

• LAST MEETING: Penn State 42-13 in 2017

• BETTING LINE: Penn State plus-10

THE STORYLINE

Penn State coach James Franklin is 2-1 against defenses overseen by Don Brown, his former co-coordinator at Maryland who now runs the show at Michigan.

Franklin’s teams won in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl (when Brown worked at Boston College) and last year. Brown’s defense held Penn State to 10 points and 191 yards in 2016.

Brown told Michigan fans recently that Penn State’s 42-13 win last season still ruffles him. As a result, Franklin expects to see Brown’s defense go all out. Not that the Penn State coach ever expects anything less.

“Most defensive coordinators will give you something while trying to take another thing away,” Franklin said. “Don does not want to give up a yard in the game. He tries to take everything away from you.”

And Brown has the tools to do so. Even without all-Big Ten end Rashan Gary, who is injured and not expected to play, Michigan’s defense leads the conference in five categories. It has held seven of eight opponents to their lowest yardage totals of the season.

In particular, Franklin expects Brown to target his passing game. Quarterback Trace McSorley will get pressured, and the short passing game will get compressed. That’s why Michigan has had the nation’s top-ranked pass defense for three years.

“They spend all week preparing on those things that people try to do to try to attack press man coverage, and we spend all week trying to come up with ways to beat it,” Franklin said.

PENN STATE PROBABLE STARTERS

OFFENSE

WR, 84, Juwan Johnson, Jr.

LT, 52, Ryan Bates, Jr.

LG, 74, Steven Gonzalez, Jr.

C, 62, Michal Menet, Soph.

RG, 66, Connor McGovern, Jr.

RT, 71, Will Fries, Soph.

TE, 87, Pat Freiermuth, Fr.

QB, 9, Trace McSorley, Sr.

RB, 24, Miles Sanders, Jr.

WR, 3, DeAndre Thompkins, Sr.

WR, 1, KJ Hamler, Fr.

DEFENSE

DE, 48, Shareef Miller, Jr.

DT, 30, Kevin Givens, Jr.

DT, 54, Robert Windsor, Jr.

DE, 99, Yetur Gross-Matos, Soph.

LB, 7, Koa Farmer, Sr.

LB, 36, Jan Johnson, Jr.

LB, 6, Cam Brown, Jr.

CB, 21, Amani Oruwariye, Sr.

FS, 17, Garrett Taylor, Jr.

SS, 4, Nick Scott, Sr.

CB, 29, John Reid, Jr.

MICHIGAN PROBABLE STARTERS

OFFENSE

WR, 4, Nico Collins, Soph.

LT, 75, Jon Runyan, Sr.

LG, 74, Ben Bredeson, Jr.

C, 51, Cesar Ruiz, Soph.

RG, 56, Michael Onwenu, Jr.

RT, 76, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Sr.

TE, 83, Zach Gentry, Sr.

QB, 2, Shea Patterson, Jr.

RB, 22, Karan Higdon, Sr.

FB, 88, Grant Perry, Sr.

WR, 9, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Soph.

DEFENSE

DE, 19, Kwity Paye, Soph.

DT, 2, Carlo Kemp, Jr.

DT, 90, Bryan Mone, Sr.

DE, 15, Chase Winovich, Sr.

LB, 7, Khaleke Hudson, Jr.

LB, 10, Devin Bush, Jr.

LB, 36, Devin Gil, Jr.

CB, 24, Lavert Hill, Jr.

FS, 23, Tyree Kinnel, Sr.

SS, 14, Josh Metellus, Jr.

CB, 22, David Long, Jr.

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