Penn State is ranked No. 2 in the country for the first time in 18 years, and the Nittany Lions backed up that ranking with a statement 42-13 win over No. 19 Michigan Saturday night in Happy Valley.

That wasn’t the case this year, as Saquon Barkley finished with three total touchdowns and quarterback Trace McSorley had four – including three rushing scores.

Penn State vs. Michigan preview: Wolverines quarterback John O’Korn has roots near State College.

Going into a showdown against No. 2 Penn State Saturday night at 7:30 at Beaver Stadium, the Wolverines rank 79th in the nation in scoring and 86th in total offense.

“He’s been a tough runner. His balance has improved quite a bit. He’s always been a tough, downhill runner.”

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley poses a challenge to the Michigan defense.