By Skip Charles in Vegas
Penn State coach James Franklin knows Saturday’s showdown at Michigan — a battle of unbeaten, top-10 teams — will be a season-maker or breaker.
The winner of Penn State-Michigan assumes top challenger status to top-ranked Ohio State in the national championship race, too.
“Obviously got a ton of respect for (Michigan) coach (Jim) Harbaugh, for the university, for the program, for the venue,” Franklin said this week.
“Obviously, I think they got a lot of things planned for the game, as well. Should be a great atmosphere. I know our guys are looking forward to it and preparing for it. This is why you come to a place like Penn State, to play in these types of games.”
Penn State has won in Ann Arbor twice since the turn of the century, most recently during the shortened 2020 season. The Nittany Lions are 7-point underdogs.