Last Time Michigan faced No. 2 Penn State

Submitted by Maizeblue11 on October 19th, 2017 at 7:30 PM

The last time we faced Penn State when they were ranked No. 2 was November 9th, 1997. Ranked 4th in the nation at the time, Michigan won 34-8 and held PSU to 169 net yards, almost 300 below their season average. Oh yeah, and The Big Hit.


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Looking forward to our 4th straight win vs. Penn State and the defense terrorizing Saquon Barkley.

 

 

 

Comments

JHumich

October 19th, 2017 at 7:35 PM ^

special. The defense feels a lot like that defense, and PSU is a bit overrated at this point.

The next Natty might wait until next year, but I am starting to believe that we will beat Penn State.

Go Blue!

Beat Penn State!

stephenrjking

October 19th, 2017 at 10:44 PM ^

I can't enjoy watching it anymore. Both guys were knocked out. We know, now, that hits like that are incredibly dangerous and damaging to the players. I get no joy out of seeing it at all.

And, I mean, there are about a dozen or so incredible highlights from other parts of that game that are a blast to watch, so it's not like the whole day is wiped off of the map.

NittanyFan

October 19th, 2017 at 8:38 PM ^

More seriously --- the polls are what they are.  Win games and you move up, and thus we get to where we are, whether it's truly deserved or not.

That said, I really don't take the polls too seriously in the era of the college football playoff.  If EITHER team in Saturday night's game wins out - they're a 90%+ bet to get invited to the playoff.

 

NittanyFan

October 19th, 2017 at 9:35 PM ^

as far as rankings - perhaps this is the better way to rank teams:

1) Stone cold lock to make the playoff if they win out (remaining undefeateds from P5 conferences; recall that all Pac-12 teams have a loss): Alabama, Georgia, TCU, Penn State, Wisconsin, Miami FLA

2) Very likely although not quite a stone cold lock to make the playoff if they win out: Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Clemson, Oklahoma, Kentucky (don't laugh: a 1-loss SEC team & still control their destiny to win the league).

3) Might make it if they win out, but will need more significant help than the group above: South Florida, UCF, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Washington, Washington State, USC, 

4) Considerably long shots to make it even if they win out, but not eliminated either: Iowa, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Iowa State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Stanford, Utah, Arizona (Rich Rod!), South Carolina, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State.

6 teams in Group 1.

6 teams in Group 2.

10 teams in Group 3.

14 teams in Group 4 (these are essentially 2-loss P5 teams).

The other 94 teams are "everyone else."

SpilledMilk

October 19th, 2017 at 8:21 PM ^

That's the current line at most sites as of this evening. My heart tells me win a nail biter but it's never smart to bet on a team you're passionate about. Even so, UM +9.5 seems like a solid bet. What do you guys think?

NittanyFan

October 19th, 2017 at 10:58 PM ^

Stephenson catches the ball - Ray is on a line but realizes (IMO, correctly) that his line isn't going to provide a path to a tackle.  So he quickly pivots to another line, a line that gets him to Stephenson at about the same time Taylor gets there.

The PSU guy sees the same thing.  He's initially looking to block Ray.  You can literally see him think: "Ray isn't getting here in time, I'll find some other U-M guy to block."

Maybe I'm missing something here?  Just don't see anything Ray did wrong there.

Sextus Empiricus

October 20th, 2017 at 12:43 PM ^

his line was obstructed, he correctly changed up.

Hindsight isn't always 20/20... but Ray's pursuit is not the story or even a story IMO.

83 is ready to crackback Ray into oblivion if he does.  Not to mention the tackle would have been very hard to make given momentum.  Instead Ray  adjusts and 83 takes Woodson.

That is how I see it.  It's an illusion of replay and parallax....the hash is 20 yards from the sideline.  That's a common misconception due to the standard camera angles we as fans are exposed to... though less and less with the alternate and dynamic camera angles nowadays.