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Alabama, PSU remain at top

Notre Dame cracked the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9, and Michigan fell out of the rankings for the first time in two years. As week after a rash of upsets gave the poll a shake-up, the first eight teams in the Top 25 ...

Penn State routs No. 19 Michigan on electric night

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State put a beatdown on Michigan the likes of which few people could have expected, but then again, the unexpected should now be the norm for Beaver Stadium whiteout games. The No. 4 Nittany Lions destroyed No. 19 Michigan’s vaunted defense in a 42-13 blowout ...

Lions’ performance matches atmosphere

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin’s tenure hasn’t completed four years yet, but it’s already produced some memorable games. Ohio State last year. The Big Ten championship comeback against Wisconsin. The current collective stretch — 16 wins in the last 17 games with the lone loss an ...

PSU highs-lows

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 42-13 victory over Michigan on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On first down from the Michigan 13, Trace McSorley started up the gut, then danced ...

Michigan-Penn State notebook

Barkley back in Heisman lead UNIVERSITY PARK — Saquon Barkley had yet another highlight-reel play with a 69-yard TD on the second play from scrimmage, and he scored three touchdowns in Penn State’s primetime whipping of Michigan on Saturday. The game almost certainly put Barkley back on ...

Lions savor victory over Michigan

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin met with the media and uttered a phrase similar to one he’s said after every game as Penn State football coach, albeit a little later in the evening because of the late kickoff. He asked for the time. It was 11:23 ...

Harbaugh: ‘We’re going to regroup’

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Michigan quarterback John O’Korn had far from a quiet week building up to the whiteout game against Penn State. The Huntingdon native, whose mother works at The Naked Egg breakfast restaurant in State College, had to deal with the ...

An effective McSorley could decide outcome

Five things to look for as Penn State hosts Michigan in what should be a tremendous whiteout atmosphere at Beaver Stadium. No. 1: Trace’s test Saquon Barkley gets most of the hype, but winning this type of game against a great defense could come down to whether quarterback Trace McSorley ...

Matchup triggers high-stakes game, stretch

It doesn’t get much better than this. Penn State, 6-0 and having climbed to No. 2 for the first time in almost 20 years, taking on Michigan on the grandest of whiteout stages at Beaver Stadium before a national TV audience, boldly underscores how far the Nittany Lion program has come back ...

Ready to air it out: McSorley prepared for challenge ahead

UNIVERSITY PARK — The answer to the age-old question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object may finally be determined in Beaver Stadium Saturday when Saquon Barkley — the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards per game — runs full force into the Michigan ...

PSU vs. Michigan best of Big Ten this week

Some things to watch during Week 8 of Big Ten play, with 12 teams in action: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0). Forget the playoffs. If Michigan wants to remain a factor in the East division race, it’ll almost certainly have to upset the ...

Defense better have its chin strap buckled Saturday

I’ll take the defense here simply because the Wolverines have not shown they can play great offense over the past year — especially in prime time. Michigan was beaten 14-10 in the rain under the lights at home by Michigan State (which was pounded by Notre Dame) two weeks ago and also ...

Offense needs to pass first big test against Michigan ‘D’

Michigan’s offense is not all that good, which makes this question easy to answer. Penn State has a terrific defense that leads the country in fewest points allowed (just 9.0 per game) and should play well Saturday night. But even if it doesn’t, the Wolverines don’t have the kind of ...

Defenses will be in spotlight

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Two terrific defenses will do battle Saturday night at Beaver Stadium, but only one of them will have to deal with trying to stop an explosive offense. Michigan has by far the best defense Penn State has played yet, but the Nittany Lions also have by ...

Coach ends A&M speculation

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (5-1, 2-1) Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Wolverines: They’re No. 15 in coaches poll and No. 19 in AP poll. … Coach Jim Harbaugh is 2-0 against PSU. … QB John O’Korn ...

Coach ends A&M speculation

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (5-1, 2-1) Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Wolverines: They’re No. 15 in coaches poll and No. 19 in AP poll. … Coach Jim Harbaugh is 2-0 against PSU. … QB John O’Korn ...

Harbaugh excited for opportunity

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — When Michigan enters a packed Beaver Stadium Saturday night under white-out conditions, it will be greeted by a Penn State team with revenge probably on its mind. Losers of three straight meetings against the Wolverines — that ...

Nittany Lions move to No. 2 in poll after upsets

Penn State has climbed to No. 2 in The Associated Press College football poll behind unanimous No. 1 Alabama after a wild weekend of upsets gave the Top 25 a major makeover. A season-high seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, lost to unranked teams on Friday and Saturday. ...

Purdue puts scare into Wisconsin

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Jonathan Taylor ran for 219 yards on 30 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown, and No. 7 Wisconsin relied on its stifling defense to overcome a three-turnover afternoon and beat Purdue 17-9 on Saturday. Alex Hornibrook was 13 of 18 for 199 yards and ...