It's Gameday! Michigan opens Big Ten play at Purdue
• Who: Michigan (2-2) at Purdue (3-1)
• Kickoff: 4 p.m. at Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
• Live Blog: Join the MLive conversation at 3 p.m.
• TV: Big Ten Network
• Radio: WWJ-AM 950 Detroit, Sirius/XM Ch. 91
• Latest spread: Michigan -3
MUST READS BEFORE KICKOFF
A compilation of our coverage leading into the game.
• Despite Denard Robinson's struggles, Brady Hoke believes he has a "damn good" quarterback.
• Kyle Meinke's keys to victory hinge on a breakout effort from Fitz Toussaint.
• Michigan's offensive line was challenged at Notre Dame, and believes it's ready to respond.
• Al Borges has gone back to the drawing board, and hopes it will help fix Michigan's road woes.
• Raymon Taylor is keeping the faith, and stepping up as a starting cornerback.
• Michigan's wide receivers say timing with Denard Robinson has been an issue early this season.
• With missed assignments everywhere, Brady Hoke has returned to more competition-based practices.
READERS REACT: ISSUE OF THE WEEK
Denard Robinson threw four interceptions and coughed up a fumble at Notre Dame, a game that was, without question, the worst of his career. Robinson insists he's ready to shake off his poor performance, and his coaching staff continues to stand completely in his corner.
• winkiemoose: As most of us have been saying from the get go, if D. Rob is allowed to utilize his strengths and talents, there's no way to shut him down completely. This brings us to coaching, AGAIN. Borges has a tenuous grip on reality and is, or should be, fearing for his job. It is up to him to come up with a realistic game plan. If Borges comes up with a stinker like his Alabama plan, where he rolled over before we took the field, we're toast against a decent team. If he plays to his offense's strengths, we're good as long as he doesn't get cute with trickery in the red zone. Mattison's defense looks to be back on track and I predict will hold their own, barring injury.
• gladys: Purdue like all teams are going to try to stop Denard on the ground and force him to throw to beat them. DRob actually looks pretty good when the passing routes are short to intermediate, quick hitter slant / screen type passes. He gets some momentum / confidence, and then mixes in some designed QB runs, and the offense is pretty hard to stop. Hopefully Al Borges starts figuring this out, and stops trying to make DRob something he's not....a pocket passer that has to check down receivers.
• marcusbrooks: Denard has to remember he does NOT have to do it all, he has very capable RB's and receivers.
seems he forgets that a lot.
relax, have fun and things will be good Denard.
• xtr: Yeah those big numbers in 2010 is because the defenses were not tailored for this runner fake QB, this year, it is and you can see that in four games. This running QB gimmick is over and whole nation knows it. Purdue? Those guys hang with ND, they can surely block the running game for sure IF Denard does not pass the ball. If he does, then it is interception time. This is Denard's 3rd year as the starter, Tom Brady started in 2, if Denard really has the ability to improve then we would have seen it against ND but all we saw was regression (partly because of the defense). Denard has the ability to pull the team down in his 3 years as the starter.
Kyle and Nick's take
• MLive.com Wolverines writers Kyle Meinke and Nick Baumgardner offer their thoughts on Michigan-Purdue.
• Kyle's pick: Michigan 31, Purdue 24
• Nick's pick: Michigan 28, Purdue 24
BIG TEN SCHEDULE
• Michigan State at Indiana, noon (BTN)
• No. 24 Northwestern at Penn State, noon (ESPN)
• Illinois at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
• No. 21 Nebraska at No. 12 Ohio State, 8 p.m. (ABC)