Michigan Football: 5 predictions for Wolverines against Penn State

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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Michigan’s pass rush will be a problem

It’s not really up for debate: Michigan football has the best pass-rush tandem in college football. In a recent mock draft, Mel Kiper had both Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo projected in the top 10 of the NFL draft and if you have watched them play, it’s entirely justifiable.

Hutchinson is more than a pass rusher and is an elite run defender too. Ojabo is still working on that area but my goodness, he is something different off the edge.

He has caused four forced fumbles in six Big Ten games and it should have been five if Big Ten officials weren’t totally incompetent.

Penn State has some talented guys on offense. But their tackles are a weakness and Michigan football will attack it. The Nittany Lions also don’t run the ball well so you can see Sean Clifford being put into some difficult down-and-distance situations.

Clifford is going to get hit and pressured and you can bet both Hutchinson and Ojabo will make their presence felt. The Penn State QB has not performed well when getting pressured and most of the time quarterbacks don’t.

If Clifford struggles, Michigan will win and if the pass rush gets pressure consistently, I wouldn’t bet on him having a strong game.