Football

Fifth-year senior quarterback John O'Korn asserted that the Wolverines can still improve this season, but the fruits of their labor likely won’t come until 2018.

As Saturday’s 42-13 blowout loss demonstrated, the Wolverines are not in the same league as No. 2 Penn State. And they never were.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is now faced with the prospect of his Wolverines finishing third or worse in the conference for the third straight year.

The Daily breaks down five things we learned from Saturday night's blowout loss in State College.

Fifth-year senior linebacker Mike McCray and his No. 1 overall unit couldn’t stop the Nittany Lions’ offense.

The Daily breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday’s 42-13 blowout in State College.

Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton exploited Michigan's secondary, racking up 115 yards on six catches.

Every passing offense that has faced Michigan since Don Brown’s arrival in 2016 has known man coverage was coming. The difference, though, is that McSorley — along with wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton — were the ones to beat it. And they beat it badly.

Fifth-year senior quarterback John O’Korn and Michigan’s offense couldn’t keep pace with Penn State.

Matching the offensive firepower of quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley is a tall task. Saturday night, in a 42-13 loss, it proved to be too much to ask.

Penn State defeated Michigan 42-13 at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

All week, Michigan’s vaunted defense was billed as a potential roadblock for one of the nation’s most electric players. Saquon Barkley stomped all over that notion on the second play from scrimmage.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley made the strongest case for the Heisman Trophy against Michigan.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley carved up the nation’s No. 1 defense in the Nittany Lions’ 42-13 win, validating his case as the best player in college football.

Penn State is up 21-13 over Michigan at the half.

Saquon Barkley took the direct snap, cut away from the teeth of the defense and ran off into the night.

And that was just the second play of the game.

Junior running back Karan Higdon is looking to replicate his 200-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Nittany Lions.

The No. 19 Michigan football team (2-1 Big Ten, 5-1 overall) has a chance to repeat the feat Saturday in State College against No. 2 Penn State (3-0, 6-0). The Wolverines will try to play the spoiler, but whether or not they can pull it off is an entirely different question.

Fifth-year senior quarterback John O'Korn has struggled since becoming Michigan's starter, but will need to bury those performances in the past against Penn State.

Michigan scarcely beat Indiana last week and now faces a superior opponent in No. 2 Penn State (3-0, 6-0). Here’s what to watch for when the Wolverines, nine-point underdogs, take on Penn State this weekend.

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