Michigan Football (3-0) will play at Purdue (2-1) on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on FOX. Click here for a complete game preview: Michigan at Purdue. Read on for the staff predictions, including a pick from our Purdue Football writer.
So far this season Rob is 3-0 picking the results of Michigan games. You can follow Rob on Twitter @isportsRob
I get that Purdue is off to a great start, led by a rising star of a coach, with a productive offense. However, lost in all the furor is the fact that Michigan has a dominant defense. Last week the Wolverines held Air Force to 232 yards, which was the Falcons worst offensive performance in their last 54 games. Michigan’s defense is fast, athletic, hard-hitting and comes out you from all angles you would expect and some you wouldn’t. The question for the Wolverines is their own offense, which has looked sluggish and out of sync through the first three weeks. Michigan hasn’t been a good road team in a while, so this will be a big test. In the end, defense and special teams will win the day as the Wolverines claw out a 27-14 victory.
Matt is our Purdue Football writer and a guest predictor this week.
This is a statement game for both teams. Purdue football is trying to prove itself as a legit contender in the Big Ten. While Michigan is still trying to find their identity after three wins to start the season. For that reason, I think it will be a close contest for all 60 minutes. Michigan’s defense had trouble guarding the underneath and sideline routes against Air Force last week. And Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has yet to prove himself. Can Purdue rise to the occasion in front of a potential sell out crowd on their home turf? No not yet. The defense is too banged up and is not ready for a high-powered offense like the Wolverines have. Quarterback David Blough and the Purdue offense will keep it close, but it will not be enough, Michigan wins 34-27.
There is no doubt that this will be Michigan’s biggest test of the year up to this point. Michigan hasn’t faced an offense this good and their own offense continues to look worse each week. Much like the rest of the Wolverines’ games this season, they are going to rely heavily on their defense. Most teams would lose if they relied on their defense, but Michigan has one of the best units in the country. I have Michigan winning 20-14, only because I think this game is going to come down to some big defensive stops.
So far this season Chad is 3-0 picking the results of Michigan games. You can follow Chad on Twitter @ctgodfrey13
When 3-0 Michigan heads to Ross Ade Stadium this Saturday to tangle with the 2-1 Boilermakers of Purdue, every Wolverine fan should be nervous. The Wolverines do not have a quality Big Ten road win since they beat a 7-3 Penn State team in State College back in 2015. The next step that needs to happen for the Wolverines hopes of winning a Big Ten title is winning big games on the road in conference. Saturday is the first big one. Most people didn’t think so before the season started. But Purdue is for real…they held last years Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson (held him under 500 total yards that is) mostly in check while losing to Louisville by a touchdown in Week 1. They soundly defeated one of the MAC’s best schools Ohio in Week 2. All they did last week was go on the road to an SEC school and completely shut down Missouri 35-3. This was a Tiger team that that opened the season scoring 72 points against Missouri State. I think the Wolverines will have to come from behind and unleash their newest and most reliable weapon so far this year…Quinn Nordin. The freshman wins it with a last minute 48 yard field goal, his ninth of the day and the Wolverines escape West Lafayette with a 27-26 victory.
So far this season, Maxwell is 3-0 picking the results of Michigan games.
Making a guest appearance on this weeks edition of “Will the Michigan offense play up to their potential?”, the Purdue Boilermakers. Wilton Speight can either make this a decently comfortable win, or he can keep Michigan fans on the edge of their seat for 60 minutes. Either way, I still think that the elite play of Michigan’s defense — holding Air Force to under 250 total yards — paired with their exceptional special teams unit, will be enough to overwhelm the Boilermakers. Make no mistake, this is not the Purdue of old, middling and unremarkable. This team will give Michigan everything they’ve got and then some, in what should be a sold out homecoming afternoon at Ross-Ade stadium. The majority of Las Vegas sports books have the line somewhere in the neighborhood of Michigan by 10 1/2, and personally, I would be surprised if Michigan covered that spread in what should be a very competitive game in West Lafayette. Michigan wins 27-20
So far this season, Rick is 3-0 picking the results of Michigan games.
Michigan faces it’s first true road test on Saturday when it heads to West Lafayette to take on the 2-1 Purdue Boilermakers. At the beginning of the season this game appeared to be an automatic win. But, Jeff Brohm has Purdue scoring touchdowns in bunches and winning games.
Michigan looked average on the offensive side of the ball the last two weeks at home. Take leading receiver Tarik Black off this offense (lost to injury) and there’s a potential of going from bad to worse. The offense needs to figure out its red zone woes with better play calling and game planning.
The Michigan defense should be able to carry Michigan on the road against inferior talent. Defensive coordinator Don Brown will square off against a spread offense that his players will match up favorably against. But, it will be close and will likely be another average performance by an offense still trying to figure each other out. Limiting turnovers will be key in this game. Michigan wins 23-21
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