Michigan Wolverines Football: Purdue Preview and Other Notes

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Michigan Wolverines Football: Purdue Preview and Other Notes
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Can Roy Roundtree have another huge game?

I've been pretty swamped at work lately, so I haven't had much time to peruse the tubes and contribute much to Bleacher Report other than a couple of blog-imports.

So I'll sit down and take the time to actually give this game a look.

But before that, holy crap. Michigan vs. Illinois!

What a defensive battle that was. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend that game and see some records broken.

It's crazy to think back at some of the great wide receivers that played at Michigan and then see Roy Roundtree set the single-game receiving record.

I'm not exactly clamoring for the No. 1 jersey to be given out. But I would like to see someone eventually earn it again, and that's a good start.

In strictly Michigan Football news, FL CB(!) Dallas Crawford has reportedly committed to Michigan today.

Here's some of his recruiting notes:

Scout Rivals ESPN
3*, #32 CB 3*, 5.7, #23 CB 4*, 80, #8 CB, #142 Overall

This is significant for more than just the fact that he's a highly-rated DB coming to play for Michigan and its shambles of a defense. Crawford is teammates and friends with top WR/S Sammy Watkins, which may help bring Watkins and his talents (that's right, LeBron...*) up to Ann Arbor.

How many quarters does Denard play before he gets injured?

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*Side note: If some of you didn't catch today's SportsCenter, apparently Paul Pierce tweeted last night after racking up 35 points against the Heat that he was "happy to take [his] talents to South Beach."


Denard was held out last week because he was experiencing "concussion-like symptoms."

He appears to be fine, and will be starting against the Boilers tomorrow.

Fitzgerald Toussaint (Shoulder) is listed at 75 percent and might see action. Although it will still be limited, if at all.

Jonas Mouton (Chest) is said to be "questionable" and will most likely sit this one unless he's absolutely needed.

Michigan Wolverines at Purdue Boilermakers

Where: West-Lafayette, IN
When: Noon EST, November 13
TV: Big 10 Network
Gambling: Michigan -13

Michigan Offense vs. Purdue Defense

Despite Purdue's mediocre record, they are surprisingly adept at defending the run and getting into the backfield to sack the QB.

They sport a pretty solid front line, with Ryan Kerrigan and Kawaan Short combining for 13(!) sacks. Probably Purdue's biggest problem is that their secondary looks a lot like Michigan's and is probably as bad (No. 96 in pass defense actually).

On the other side of the ball, Michigan has a pretty good offensive line and some guy named Denard Robinson. This might not be a huge rushing day for Denard, but he should have a pretty good day though the air if he manages to stay in the game.

If the backs (Vincent Smith, Michael Shaw and Stephen Hopkins) have another good day like they did against Illinois, it should be a long day for Purdue's defense.

Advantage: Michigan

Purdue Offense vs. Michigan Defense

Cue epic pillow fight:

I'll try to put that into perspective for you. Purdue's offense is ranked somewhere between 107th and 114th nationally, depending who you ask.

Michigan's defense is ranked between 105th and 110th nationally, also depending on who you ask.

From MGoBlog.com:

"When Marve went down against Toledo, Purdue was forced to go with third-stringer Rob Henry, a redshirt freshman currently rocking a 51-percent completion rate and a 5.1 YPA reminiscent of Michigan's Sheridan/Threet combo in 2008. Then Ohio State crushed his finger, forcing the Boilers to peel the redshirt off true freshman Sean Robinson.

"Robinson is currently rocking a 47-percent completion rate and averaging an amazing 3.3 YPA. He's got four interceptions against two touchdowns."

Purdue is currently sporting a MacGuyver offense, if I've ever seen one, and is so racked with injuries that they're starting a converted DT at guard this weekend.

Now, I know what you're thinking, "But DJ, we've heard this before. Remember Penn State?"

Very true. The difference between Penn State and Purdue in this circumstance is that Robinson is not as good as McGloin.

We hadn't seen McGloin play before then, and just assumed "lol walk-on true freshman QB" and that's not what happened at all.

That all being said, Michigan does have the ability to make any opposing QB look like a Heisman contender. So don't be shocked if Purdue puts up bigger numbers than they rightfully should against a respectable defense.

Advantage: Push

Special Teams

Michigan is still bad at this.

Advantage: Purdue


Michigan should (SHOULD) come out on top of this one, even though a two-touchdown favorite seems a little generous after getting beat by a Penn State team that is essentially a better version of the shambles of a Purdue team.

Overconfidence Check

Purdue did, however, beat Northwestern, who represents the closest thing to Michigan's offense in the Big Ten.

I'm going to call this one in favor of Michigan just because this will probably be my last opportunity to do so for the season.

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