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Michigan's secondary has been absolutely gutted by graduation, transfers, and injuries. Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, TJ Jones, and company all have to be licking their chops thinking of the opportunity that awaits them Saturday.
The question is whether Dayne Crist will effectively be able to get them the ball.
Crist consistently erred on the side of caution last week against the Boilers, choosing to throw balls away rather than attempt to fit them into tight windows. He also checked down a lot, whether it be to a dragging receiver or Rudolph as opposed to taking chances down the field.
The former was a product of first game jitters that made him play in a way that avoided mistakes at all cost; the latter was just the most effective way to exploit the soft two-deep shell Purdue employed most of the day.
Now that he has his feet wet, it's time to let loose. Brian Kelly will likely test the back four of the Michigan defense early and often. There will be ample opportunities deep—especially with Michael Floyd, who has the ability to physically dominate every player the Wolverines could trot out to defend him.
Dayne missed Floyd on a couple potential touchdowns in the second half because he overthrew him out of bounds. If he keeps it in the field of play and gives No. 3 a legitimate chance to come down with the catch, more times than not Floyd will.
Dayne struggles with accuracy at times, so this will be a good test for him. The Michigan secondary is ripe for the picking and provides a perfect opportunity to gain confidence by shredding a rival squad early in the season. If he's unable to exploit the clear weakness that is in front of him and the Wolverines force him into mistakes, then momentum could get going in the wrong direction quickly for the Irish.