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Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 9:40 a.m.

Purdue at Michigan: Pick your winner

By Staff

The Las Vegas oddsmakers have the Michigan football team as a 13 1/2-point favorite against Purdue on Saturday (noon, ESPN2). What do you think?



Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 9:38 p.m.

Michigan will be out ready to play intense football for 60 minutes. No hedging with me on this one; expect 60 minutes of inspired and passionate play from the Maize and Blue. This is the Brady Hoke era, they will not falter on this one. They will not be overconfident, they know Purdue is a formidable opponent. I know Michigan is not a Top 10 rated team and maybe closer to the 20-25 at this time, but I expect them to show improvement on both sides of the ball for at least this week.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

It could be a blowout, it could be very close. I don't have a strong sense for this game, just that Purdue will air it early and often and can put together some big plays. The key will be winning the battle on the lines. Hopefully, both the offensive and defensive linemen have learned from that horrific performance in East Lansing and know what they have to do.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

If we can't beat a mediocre visiting Purdue team tomorrow, we have little chance of matching our seven game win total of last year. This is Purdue coming in here, fergodsakes. Wake up, Maize & Blue. Michigan by >21 points.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 5:23 p.m.

I'm not expecting Michigan to win by much. I / we got stung when we favored Michigan over MSU. I don't want to expect too much, too soon - is all I'm saying. Michigan's D prevented a blowout by MSU, but they still have problems defending against the run and perimeter coverage. As the analyst says: both of these are also Purdue strengths. OTH: No. 16 and his O-line still need big improvements if Denard is to be the great asset we all know he can be. Purdue's defense is "likely" not to be as good as MSU's - but they could have a good day against Michigan because all opponents now know Michigan's weakness in that area. There's Purdue, Iowa and Illinois for Michigan to take on: it's essential that they avoid a big points deficit against any of these teams. Such a loss to any would signal Repeat Meltdown and that would be disastrous for Hoke's Wolverines. Even 7-point wins against all 3 would at least prevent Michigan from suffering what could be permanent damage. What's an "average series" w/o national implications for most is a crucial time for the Wolverines. Go Blue! Beat Three - then Repeat!