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ESPN Computer's Final Prediction For Michigan vs. Penn State

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline against Penn State.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - OCTOBER 19: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines discusses a previous play with a line judge during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 19, 2019 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Michigan 28-21. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Prior to the start of the 2020 season, there was hope this Michigan-Penn State game would have huge implications on the conference title game. Instead, these two historic programs enter this weekend with a combined two wins.

Michigan snapped its recent three-game losing streak with a win over Rutgers in triple overtime. Penn State, on the other hand, has yet to win a game this season. It's just been a really tough year for James Franklin's squad.

One of the main reasons neither team has sustained any success this year is because their quarterbacks haven't been productive. Sean Clifford and Joe Milton have struggled for the Nittany Lions and Wolverines, respectively.

Jim Harbaugh has apparently seen enough of Milton as the starting quarterback, which is why Cade McNamara is expected to start this afternoon against Penn State. Last week, McNamara threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns against Rutgers.

Even though Michigan has found a spark on offense in McNamara, the latest computer prediction from ESPN has Harbaugh's team falling short to Penn State this weekend.

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Nittany Lions have a 53.5 percent chance of defeating the Wolverines.

ESPN's FPI Prediction for Michigan vs. Penn State.

If the Wolverines lose to the winless Nittany Lions this afternoon, Harbaugh's critics will come out in droves to put him on blast.

Kickoff for this Big Ten showdown is at 12 p.m. ET on ABC.