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Point spread: Wolverines favored over Penn State by 4 points

Michigan is favored by 4 points over Penn State in the opening line posted Sunday afternoon at VegasInsider.com.

The Nittany Lions are 0-5, their worst start in program history.

Michigan is 2-3 and coming off a dramatic 48-42 triple-overtime win at Rutgers late Saturday night. The Wolverines rallied from 17-0 down and led by 8 points late before Rutgers tied to force overtime.

It went to three OTs, but Jim Harbaugh’s team survived and avoided what would have been another crushing loss. Michigan is off to one of its worst starts in years, and Harbaugh has found himself under fire, just as James Franklin has at Penn State.

Michigan’s offense has really struggled this season, but the team benched starter Joe Milton after a rough start Saturday and turned to Cade McNamara, who played well in leading the team back. McNamara was 27-of-36 for 260 yards and four TDs.

Penn State has gotten destroyed its last two trips to Ann Arbor.

There was the famous 49-10 loss in 2016, leading many fans to call for Franklin to be fired. But of course, the Lions turned things around after that game and went on to win the Big Ten title.

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Two years ago, Michigan clobbered Penn State 42-7 at the Big House.

Penn State won last year’s meeting at Beaver Stadium 28-21, holding off a late rally by the Wolverines and getting a break when receiver Ronnie Bell dropped a pass in the end zone that would have tied it.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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