After giving away a game against Notre Dame this past weekend, Michigan is far from a safe bet to win on Oct. 6 at Purdue.
Despite outplaying Notre Dame on the road Saturday night, the Wolverines dropped their second game of the season thanks to an inexcusable amount of turnovers. The preseason No. 8 has now lost two games before October, turning the ball over a combined nine times in those two losses.
We can accurately label the Wolverines as overrated at this point, and they are a shaky pick against Purdue. Michigan topped the Boilermakers by 22 points in Ann Arbor a year ago, but both teams are much different this year.
Purdue put up a much better fight against the Irish a few weeks back in South Bend, losing on a last-minute field goal, 20-17. If the two teams' performances against Notre Dame are any indicator, then Michigan is likely headed for a 2-3 start this fall.
The Boilermakers are off to a strong 2-0 start at home, and they boast an impressive offense led by the two Akeems.
Running backs Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt lead Purdue's 28th-ranked rushing attack. Purdue is putting up 219 yards per game on the ground this season and will give the Wolverines defense fits.
Both backs are averaging a combined 6.9 yards per carry, and they will have the advantage of playing at home with the crowd on their side.
Wolverines fans should definitely be wary of Purdue. After Saturday night's debacle in South Bend, no win is a guarantee for Michigan.
Brady Hoke's squad lost two games all season last year. Now, one year later, the Wolverines are facing questions of whether they will beat a perennial Big Ten bottom-feeder.
That will be answered soon enough.
If Denard Robinson, who has a combined two touchdowns and six interceptions in Michigan's two losses, continues to come up small on the biggest stages, Michigan will fall to 0-2 on the road in 2012.
That would be quite the fall just months removed from a Sugar Bowl title.
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