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Michigan at Purdue

Ross-Ade Stadium

September 23, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. CT

The University of Michigan Wolverines go back on the road in their Big Ten opener as they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to battle the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue has been one of the weakest teams in the Big Ten over the last few years. Michigan and Purdue have not played since 2012 and since that season, Purdue has finished last in the conference standings each year, has an overall combined record of 9-39, and didn’t even have two consecutive wins at any point since 2012. They have been unwatchable.


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Purdue looked to change its destiny and started by hiring new head coach Jeff Brohm. Brohm was an all-American QB at Louisville back in the early 1990’s and went on to play 7 years in the NFL. As a coach, he spent the last 3 years at Western Kentucky with great success. In 3 games at Purdue, he lost by a touchdown to Louisville, beat Ohio from the MAC and then dominated Missouri on the road. Jim Harbaugh called him the early favorite for coach of the year. The game on Saturday is a sell out at Ross-Aide for the first time since…2012 – the last time Michigan played at Purdue.


The Wolverine Den Trivia

The Wolverine Den research staff found that Donovan Peoples-Jones was the 4th Michigan true-Freshman to return a punt for a TD. Who are the others?

Purdue uses a two quarterback rotation and both are pretty good. David Blough leads the Big Ten in completion percentage and last year led the conference in passing yards. Along with the other QB, Elijah Sindelar, the Boilermakers are averaging 286 yards passing per game. Last week at Missouri, 12 different receivers had receptions. Jackson Anthrop is the best of the receivers while RB Tario Fuller is having a strong year.


The Boilers have had a dreadful defense over the past several years. But last week, they held Missouri, from the SEC, to only 203 total yards. Even with the recent success, the Boilers have only 1 sack this year and only 8 tackles for loss. There are a few good players but the results from last week look like an aberration.


Den Did You Know?

We all know that Michigan has the most wins and the highest winning percentage in college football history. Did you know that Texas is now 2nd in wins (46 behind Michigan) and Boise State is 2nd in percentage (far behind Michigan)?

Purdue has been a Michigan nemesis. The 1964 team had only one loss and ended as the Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champions. The one loss was to Purdue. The 1976 team was undefeated and ranked #1 before losing to Purdue. The #6 ranked Wolverines in 2000 jumped out to a big halftime lead only to see Drew Brees pull the upset. For Michigan to avoid the upset this year, the team will need to start quickly and take the rambunctious crowd out of the game. If Purdue stays close, this could be a nail biter. This will be another test for the defense, facing a different style of the spread with a big emphasis on throwing the ball everywhere on the field.


Den Did You Know?

Did you know that Knowlton Ames was the coach of Purdue in 1891-1892 and led the Boilermakers to a 12-0 record?

Michigan is 44-14 all-time against Purdue and has won 45 of its last 48 Big Ten openers (since the start of the Bo era).


The Wolverines are a 10 point favorite.




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