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As mentioned earlier, this is a balanced Purdue offense. The rushing attack ranks 33rd nationally, and the passing attack ranks 43rd.
Michigan's pass defense, on the other hand, ranks ninth nationally, which is the best in the Big Ten. However, they have gone up against an Air Force offense that rarely throws the ball, a completely overmatched UMass offense, a very conservative Notre Dame game plan and an Alabama offense that focuses on running the ball.
I have been very high on Michigan's secondary this whole season, but for whatever reason am having doubts. This will be, by far, the biggest challenge the secondary has faced so far.
Purdue has one of the best receiving corps in the Big Ten, and I think it may show. Both Antavian Edison and O.J. Ross are veterans, and both are simply playmakers. They each have 236 or more receiving yards already, and Edison already has five touchdown catches!
Gary Bush is also a huge part of this passing attack, as he already has four touchdown catches. Raheem Mostert is also an offensive weapon, as we may see the speedster line up at receiver and/or in the backfield.
Purdue also has a solid group of tight ends, as both Crosby Wright and Gabe Holmes are experienced veterans.
Honestly, I think the biggest weakness in this passing attack is TerBush. He is completing just under 64 percent of his passes, which is impressive, but has a less than impressive 7-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
If the Boilers had a better quarterback, this passing attack would be even more dangerous.
I wouldn't be surprised if these receivers have success on Saturday. J.T. Floyd isn't a great corner, and Raymon Taylor is still learning the ropes at the other corner spot.
Michigan has been good at not allowing big plays, but I wouldn't be surprised if we saw one or two from this passing attack. Purdue likes to run a quick screen play (most notably to Bush) that can easily go for a touchdown if the blocking is even remotely decent.
Again, I don't know why, but I'm all of a sudden having concerns about this Michigan secondary. It's mainly the corner spots, as I don't trust Floyd or Taylor. Plus, Edison, Ross and Bush are all explosive and know how to get the job done.
If this Michigan secondary is able to contain this passing attack, though, then we'll know this unit is for real.