Michigan Football: 3 overreactions to Penn State win

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These are the three most absurd overreactions from Michigan football’s narrow victory over Penn State in Happy Valley on Saturday.

Michigan football escaped State College with an impressive road win to keep its championship hopes alive for another week.

The Wolverines were spearheaded by a tenacious defensive effort that made the game-winning stop when it was time to do so. Hassan Haskins and Cade McNamara also had outstanding performances respectively to put the offense in winning formations.

1. The win is tainted because Penn State is struggling

This is an overreaction. Anytime you can go on the road in the Big Ten and beat a household name, who arguably owns the most reputable home environment in the nation, it has to account for something very meaningful.

Yes, Penn State is down, but Michigan football rarely wins in Happy Valley because it always is impossible to win there.

When Michigan fell behind it was like deja vu all over again. It brought back unwanted memories of how Michigan has fared away from home in the Harbaugh era. Thankfully the offense saved the day with a quick response to allow the defense to close the door for good on Penn State’s comeback chances.

Winning this contest just about guarantees a 10-win regular season for the maize and blue. By no means is that overlooking Maryland, but Michigan should be able to go to College Park and get the job done.

That would mark the fourth time in seven years that Harbaugh has accomplished that enviable feat, regardless of all the bashing that he takes.