The junior, who leads the Big Ten and is seventh nationally, with 124.2 receiving yards per game, said he's very excited for the game and appreciates the history between the Big Ten powers. But he downplayed that Michigan's lack of interest in him offers extra motivation.
"It's not something I continue to dwell on," Robinson said. "It's a big game on Saturday, so I want to have a big performance to help my team. That's something that we've been talking about, everybody has to show up."
Robinson broke out for a record-breaking season in 2012. He caught 77 passes, a Penn State record, including 11 touchdowns, and piled up 1,018 yards - only the third receiver in program history to crack the 1,000-yard mark in a season.
Robinson was the 2012 Big Ten Receiver of the Year, and is on pace for even better numbers this season. Through five games, Robinson has 38 catches for 621 yards and five touchdowns.
"He got stronger, he's faster, he improved his speed, which is really hard to do," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think in our scheme, we've moved him around, so he's become smarter in our scheme. Last year, he played mostly on the outside, but now he plays everywhere."
Robinson was listed at the same height (6-3), but was a more slender 190 pounds when he was being recruited out of Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School. The wideout is up to 210 pounds, and said strength and speed were a big focus of his offseason. Robinson credited strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald's program and said he got in the weight room as much as possible in the spring and summer.
With his credentials, the NFL is in Robinson's future. It's just a matter of how soon.
He noted that he is scheduled to graduate next summer, and could declare for the draft after the season. Robinson will have a decision to make, but he said that's not something he's currently worried about.
"I'll talk to coach and my family after the season," Robinson said. "But for right now, I'm just focusing on trying to have a big run in the Big Ten. We had a rough start against Indiana, but we're trying to move past that."
Robinson landed hard on his back Saturday against Indiana, but said he'll be ready to go this weekend. The 20-year-old already has four 100-yard games this season, which doubles his 2012 total. Against Indiana, he caught a career-best 12 balls for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior safety Malcolm Willis has to face the receiver on the practice field, and said Robinson has taken his game up a notch since last season.
"He wants to get better. He wants to make everybody else around him better, whether it's helping the young guys or just competing against the DBs in practice," Willis said. "I definitely feel like he's playing better than he was last year. He understands the expectations everyone has for him and his expectations for himself are greater than anybody else's."
Whether it fuels him or not, Robinson has surpassed whatever expectations - or lack thereof - his home state powerhouse once had of him.
When: Tomorrow, 5 p.m.
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park
Radio: WNTP (990-AM), WNVP (1440-AM)
3 things to watch:
1. Penn State being more dedicated to establishing a running game: The Lions faced one of the worst rush defenses in all of college football last week, but mustered only 70 yards against Indiana, while quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw the ball 55 times - a school record. The three-headed running attack of Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch has twice posted 250-plus yards in a game, but will face a Michigan defense that allows only 90.4 yards per contest. It won't be an easy battle, and even if Penn State trails early, don't expect Bill O'Brien to abandon his running game as quickly as he did last week.
2. Devin Gardner and Michigan to wear down Penn State's defense: Penn State has had its hands full in two of the last three games, against Central Florida and Indiana, and it won't get easier against Michigan and Devin Gardner. The Wolverines signal-caller is the most versatile player the Lions have seen so far this season, and has weapons such as Jeremy Gallon and Fitzgerald Toussaint at his disposal. Penn State may be able to keep Gardner under wraps for the first half, but the dual-threat quarterback should be able to make more plays as the game progresses.
3. Tight ends to make an impact for both teams: Allen Robinson is clearly the focus of Penn State's passing game, but if Michigan keys on the 6-3 receiver, Christian Hackenberg likely will look to his tight ends more this week. Kyle Carter had his best game of the season last week (six catches, 79 yards). Meanwhile, Jesse James did not have a catch last week, but at 6-7, he's always a threat. For Michigan, Devin Funchess is coming off a seven-catch, 151-yard showing against Minnesota and is one of Devin Gardner's favorite options.
Prediction: Michigan 34, Penn State 24. Penn State will be hyped for this game. The Lions are hungry after last week's loss and will play in front of a sellout, whiteout crowd at Beaver Stadium for homecoming. However, Devin Gardner and the Michigan offense will just be too much, and the visitors should be able to pull away late. This will be the biggest stage Hackenberg has played on and against the best defense he's seen in his college career. He'll need help from the running game if Penn State hopes to compete.
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