Will Saturday be party time for Michigan football? I think so….

morgan spoknyContributor IJanuary 26, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines runs to pass the ball during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Not sure exactly what it is, but I’ve got a hunch it might be a big day in the State of Michigan on Saturday!

# 13 Penn State at Michigan

3:30 pm Est. Saturday

Michigan looks to continue its dominance at home against Penn State on Saturday, as PSU hasn’t won in Ann Arbor since 1996. Things won’t be any easier for PSU this year, as Michigan has won all five of their home games at Ann Arbor this year. Penn State comes into this one on a roll, as the offense has been in beast mode recently averaging 510 yards of offense over the last three games, but the real highlight for PSU has been their stellar and consistent defensive play all season.  But keep in mind that Penn State hasn’t faced an offense that ranks higher than 75th overall all season, and this match up will be their biggest trial to date. Michigan comes into the game averaging 235 ypg of rushing (8th), and is posting 37.3 ppg (9th).  Michigan has two explosive young Qb’s in Tate Forcier (who is coming off a brutal concussion) and Denard Robinson who has stepped up in a big way during Tate’s absence.  I have a hunch one of the two, or both, will team up to post some incredible numbers in this one. Michigan has had at times been explosive on offense, but has also completely disappeared at times, and their defense is downright atrocious, but I am going to go out on a limb and take the Wolverines to pull the upset in this one.

#6 Iowa at Michigan State

7:00 pm Est. Saturday

Iowa has never started a season with 8 consecutive wins in their 120 years of existence, but the Hawkeyes are aiming to change that when they visit Michigan State this Saturday. The 6th ranked Hawkeyes control their destiny and with a big win in this one they can help wrap up the conference title and assure themselves a BCS bowl berth. With 11 consecutive victories dating back to last year, the Hawkeyes have the second longest winning streak in the nation right behind Florida’s 16 in a row.  On the other side of the ball, the Spartans come into this game on a high note, winning their last 3 games, but each of those wins was by 10 pts or less.  Conversely, the Spartans three losses this year were by a combined 13 points. I’m expecting a low scoring, defensive grudge match that will come down to costly turnovers, ball possession, and special teams. With all of this said, I’m going to go out on a limb and take the Spartans to upset the #6 Iowa Hawkeyes.

#8 TCU at # 16 BYU

7:30 pm Est. Saturday

Not exactly a marquee matchup, but definitely a showcase game for two teams that are looking to make a statement why they deserve a BCS bowl berth. BYU leads the all-time series 5-3. Last season TCU dealt BYU its first loss, knocking BYU out as a potential BCS buster. This year, the Cougars will be looking to return the favor. It’s going to be a battle of strengths as TCU’s defense is ranked 4th and BYU’s offense is ranked sixth in the nation.  TCU has stuffed the run game, allowing just 81.2 ypg, and just three rushing TD’s all season. The Horned Frogs will be looking to capture their ninth straight victory, while also trying to snap the Cougars conference record 13 game home winning streak. It’s most certainly going to be a close game, but usually a good defense finds a way to beat a good offense, and with that said I am going to take the TCU Horned Frogs to win this battle.

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