Just past year, the Wolverines crushed Penn State 49-10 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State, of course, regrouped to win the rest of its regular season games and win the Big Ten Championship Game. MI is a slight step up from all these teams, although the Wolverines narrowly escaped IN with an overtime victory. Prior to that, the Wolverines suffered their only loss of the season, a 14-10 setback against Michigan State.
The Nittany Lions come in ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll.
On Saturday, College GameDay returns for another episode of the three-hour show that previews the day's slate of college football games. Penn State and MI will bring in two of the country's best defenses.
Penn State head coach, James Franklin, was quoted earlier this week staying, "The only thing better than Christmas is a white out football game".
MI leads the series 13-7 all-time, but the Nittany Lions have Heisman candidate Saquon Barkley.
The last time MI played during a white out in Beaver Stadium it went to four overtimes and ended with a Penn State win. John O'Korn (one touchdown pass, four interceptions) is expected to start again at quarterback. Penn State is -9.5 in this game over MI.
Gesicki, Penn State's 6-6, 257-pound tight end, has four touchdowns despite averaging just 8.0 yards per catch. The Wolverines have yet to allow a team to score more tha n 20 points in a game this season.
The Wolverines also are in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, rush defense, pass defense and pass-efficiency defense.
Peoples-Jones is Michigan's best threat in the passing game, but the five-star freshman has just seven catches and is still looking for that first touchdown catch.
Furthermore, with the defensive line taking much attention, the Wolverine linebackers get to the backfield often.
The Wolverines lean on their running game offensively, ranking fourth in the Big Ten (185.0).
Passing: 1-for-1 passing, 16 yards, 1 touchdown. They'll have even better against the "White Out" while trying to protect MI quarterback John O'Korn and open lanes for Karan Higdon, who rushed for 200 yards and three scores against IN last week.
Junior Grant Perry (18-224, TD) is the team's leading receiver.