The Michigan Wolverines travel to State College this weekend to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Michigan will have its hands full despite Penn State not being ranked, and taking a win won’t be an easy task.
The Wolverines know that and they are getting ready. One player in particular who will be tough to handle is Jahan Dotson, who has received 932 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
“He’s a good receiver,” defending defenseman Dax Hill told reporters on Tuesday. “Fast, smart guy, they’re all pretty good receivers. Starts practicing, practicing like it’s a game. Scoutteam is looking at us closely and doing everything they can to stop their passing game. That’s one of their strong points of attack, passing game, having good receivers. We really want to end the passing this week.”
Another challenging aspect of this game for Michigan is the atmosphere. Beaver Stadium is a tough place to go in and win, and Michigan hasn’t won there since 2015. Luckily for the Wolverines, Auburn came to town earlier this year and picked up the White Out night game that Michigan has fallen victim to the last two trips they’ve taken to Happy Valley. This weekend’s game is at noon with a ‘helmet stripe’ theme for the Nittany Lions as they try to get the white out vibe without really calling it a white out.
Nevertheless, the crowd will be loud and it will be a challenge for Michigan this weekend.
“The lifestyle on the road can be pretty crazy,” said wide receiver Cornelius Johnson. “We just want to make sure we stay locked into our tips and memories, and we have a tough road race coming up in their building. It’s something we have to do as a team, come together. It just gets us into rival territory. We need to make sure we’re really keyed in during training to prepare for that. ”
The Wolverines have done a good job of channeling the opposing crowd’s energy against Wisconsin and Nebraska, and they will have to do it well against Penn State, as Beaver Stadium is known as one of the toughest venues to play in the Big Ten.
Michigan is ranked number 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. A win on Saturday at Penn State puts Michigan one step closer to achieving their goals.