Alabama Football: Could the Crimson Tide receive playoff help this week?

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The third-ranked Michigan Wolverines will travel to Beaver Stadium to face the eleventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. This would be a tough game for Michigan to begin with, add in the distraction of an ongoing cheating scandal and this could be a disaster spot for the Wolverines. The closest game for Michigan this season has been a 24-point win over Rutgers. The Wolverines haven’t been battle-tested yet and that should be a massive concern for Jim Harbaugh’s squad.

The Penn State offense has been explosive in nearly every game averaging 40.2 points per game with their worst game coming against its toughest opponent in Ohio State. Drew Allar has led a dominant passing attack for Penn State throwing only one interception while the offensive line has only allowed Allar to get sacked 12 times. Penn State could come out fast and punch an untested Michigan team in the mouth. The Penn State defense will provide problems for the Michigan offense allowing only 11.88 points per game with NFL talent all over their defense led by Chop Robinson and Kalen King

A Penn State win would be massive for the Alabama Football team as it would cause for potential disaster for the Big Ten. A Nittany Lions victory would leave both them and the Wolverines with a loss before a matchup between Ohio State and Michigan which could lead to all three of the top teams in the Big Ten taking a loss. This would come into play should Alabama Football win the conference championship as it would then be a debate between a one-loss SEC champion and a one-loss Big Ten Champion