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PSU-Michigan set for 7:30 kick

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State will host Michigan in the annual Beaver Stadium whiteout game Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC, it was announced Monday.

There had been speculation the game would be played at noon, but that will not be the case.

Penn State and Michigan have squared off every year since 2013 in Big Ten games. The Nittany Lions are 8-14 all-time against the Wolverines, including five wins in home games.

The last time these squads met at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions posted a 42-13 win over Michigan in a whiteout game in 2017. In that win, running back Saquon Barkley had 176 all-purpose yards, while quarterback Trace McSorley was 17-for-26 for 282 yards and a touchdown.

Harbaugh optimistic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh insists Michigan is hitting its stride on offense, apparently seeing what observers outside the program are missing.

The Wolverines were held scoreless for the final three quarters of a 10-3 win over then-No. 14 Iowa and appeared to affirm doubts they can have success with the ball against quality opponents.

No. 16 Michigan (4-1, 2-1) may be able to put together an encouraging performance at Illinois (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday as it did in a 52-0 win over Rutgers last week, but ranked teams are awaiting on the second half of the regular season schedule to provided tougher tests.

The Wolverines have games coming up at No. 10 Penn State, against No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 3 Ohio State along with matchups against rival Michigan State and at Maryland.

To reach their goal of winning the Big Ten title for the first time in 15 years, the margin of error is small and that adds a sense of urgency to improve with the ball under first-year offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

Harbaugh hailed the hiring of Gattis and raved about the no-huddle, spread offense the former Alabama assistant was going to be in charge of without interference. Gattis began calling plays, for the first time, from the press box before moving to the field for the last two games.

With the coordinator up high and down low, the results have been uneven at best.

Big plays have been few and far between.

Shea Patterson threw a 51-yard pass to Nico Collins on the first play of Michigan’s second drive against Iowa. For the rest of the afternoon, a play wasn’t called to throw deep again or Patterson didn’t have time to go long.

Elsewhere:

n Les Miles was fired by LSU in part because his offenses failed to score enough points.

He doesn’t want the same thing to happen at Kansas.

So midway through an ugly first season with the Jayhawks, one marked by vast improvement on defense but more problems on offense, Miles announced Sunday that he had fired coordinator Les Koenning.

Brent Dearmon was promoted from his role as offensive consultant to take his place.

“This was a difficult decision, but it is in the best interest of our football program both now and in the future,” Miles said. “There is still a lot of football left to play this season and I want to put our players in the best position to be successful, which is why I am making the change now.”

n Chris Petersen didn’t have to delve deep when assessing what went wrong with Washington’s trip to Stanford.

Petersen said Washington was outplayed and outcoached last weekend and perhaps kicked out of the Pac-12 North race as a result.

“Their schemes were better than our schemes,” Petersen said. “That’s it. Yeah. What else do you want me to say?”

After perhaps the most uninspiring loss of Petersen’s tenure, Washington is at the crossroads of a season that started with the Huskies positioned as one of the Pac-12’s best shots to get into the College Football Playoff.

The Huskies have two conference losses just three games into the conference slate after being overwhelmed in a 23-13 loss to Stanford on Saturday. They’ve looked great in impressive wins over BYU and Southern California, but completely lost offensively in losses to California and Stanford.

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