Michigan Gameday Preview - Lions Host Wolverines in Primetime
Oct. 11, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State will host No. 16/18 Michigan under the lights in sold out Beaver Stadium on Saturday (5 p.m. on ESPN) for its 94th Homecoming Game.
The Nittany Lions (3-2) and Wolverines (5-0) will meet for the 17th time when they collide on Saturday in Happy Valley. Penn State opened Big Ten play on the road last week at Indiana, while the Wolverines hosted Minnesota in their conference opener.
In a matchup of traditional college football powers, Penn State and Michigan are among 12 programs with at least 725 all-time victories. The series between the two foes began in 1993 when the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten Conference. The two teams have not played since 2010 when the Lions knocked off Michigan, 41-31, on the field.
Last week, junior wide receiver Allen Robinson set a career-high with 12 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson is ranked No. 7 in the nation in receiving yards with 621 (124.2 ypg). Freshman Christian Hackenberg broke the Penn State single game record with 55 pass attempts against Indiana. Hackenberg finished 30-of-55 for 340 yards and three touchdowns.
Michigan is one of just two remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten (Ohio State is 6-0). Led by third-year head coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines defeated Minnesota, 42-13, last week in Michigan Stadium. Michigan leads the all-time series against the Nittany Lions on the field, 10-6.
Penn State welcomes back its alumni this weekend for the Homecoming Game. All fans are encouraged to wear white for Saturday night's clash for an All-Stadium White Out. The Nittany Lions own a 67-21-5 on-field record on Homecoming. The Alumni Blue Band will join the Blue Band performance at halftime, and the Homecoming court will be introduced and the 2013-14 King and Queen will be announced during halftime.
Welcome to the Gameday Preview for Penn State's first Big Ten home game of the 2013 season.