I love me some 2005 Mario Manningham! This was Penn State's only loss that season, and at the hands of a Wolverines squad that went just 7-5.
Still, this is a team that's looking tough, and the point spread, at around a touchdown-plus, seems to agree. Michigan will need some heroic plays by the defense, like Mr. Branch, killer of QBs, seen at the very top of this post in the 2006 game. And more importantly, the offense will need to get it going against its toughest opponent this far. Fortunately they showed some signs of life last weekend:
Will Michigan be healthy enough and play mistake-free to the point of a big upset that should change the annoying "Jim Harbaugh is on the hot seat" narrative the media is relentlessly pushing? I don't know, but I'm at least hoping this team comes out hyped up to play some tough competition and shows the kind of effort that could win the game. Sometimes all it takes is one second to obliterate another team's hopes!
LET'S GO BLUE!