By Harry Allison

Penn State is preparing to stop the Michigan Wolverines’ march to the Big 10 playoffs this Saturday at noon at Beaver Stadium.

The Nits’ best chance for an upset win over No. 14 Michigan (8-2) may come down to slowing the Wolverines’ passing game.

Jim Harbaugh’s offense has been on a roll lately thanks to the play of quarterback Jake Rudock, who has completed almost 72 percent of his passes (51 for 71) for 777 yards in the Wolverines’ last two games, Big Ten wins over Rutgers (49-16) and Indiana (48-41).

And the Nittany Lions (7-3) will have to do it without injured senior defensive back Jordan Lucas, a captain and a three-year starter.

Lucas, who moved from corner to safety this season, suffered a season-ending injury against Northwestern. Look for Malik Golden and Troy Apke to both play in his place.

“Obviously, losing Jordan, a guy who’s played a lot of football here, is a captain for us, that’s going to have an impact,” PSU coach James Franklin said Tuesday.