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Just in: Michigan football will not get the Penn State White Out game

The Michigan Wolverines will not be this year’s White Out opponent when they travel to State College in November.



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Oct 21, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Ty Isaac (32) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

This fall, Michigan football will make their highly-anticipated return to Happy Valley for the first time since 2021, as they prepare to face the formidable Penn State Nittany Lions. Looking back to last year, despite suffering a 41-17 defeat in Ann Arbor, the Lions demonstrated resilience by bouncing back and finishing the season with an impressive 11 wins.

As the 2023 season approaches, it becomes evident that Penn State has further bolstered their roster, potentially making them an even more formidable opponent compared to last year. However, there is a significant aspect missing from the mid-November matchup in State College that could impact the Wolverines: the absence of the renowned White Out game.

Michigan football will not be this year’s white out game

Penn State football has recently unveiled their schedule of three night games and the lineup for their themed games, revealing that this year’s White Out opponent will be Iowa rather than Michigan. However, the Wolverines are not entirely in the clear, as they will face Penn State in the lively “stripe out” atmosphere, which has gained a reputation for being an exuberant and energetic environment at Penn State.

Since Jim Harbaugh assumed the role of head coach in 2015, Michigan football has maintained a 5-3 record against James Franklin and his squad.

However, when it comes to Penn State White Out games, the Wolverines have yet to taste victory, even experiencing a defeat against a sanctioned Penn State team in the White Out game of 2013. Avoiding the White Out game this year holds significant importance for Michigan, as it reduces one potential challenge during their late-season road trip to State College, PA.

For Michigan to secure their third consecutive Big Ten title and mount a charge for the national championship, avoiding an upset in Happy Valley will be crucial. While not being subjected to the white out atmosphere is not the sole determining factor, it does serve as an early positive sign for the Wolverines as they approach the 2023 campaign.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.