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Posted on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 : 8:34 a.m.

The mega guide to week 10: Michigan at Purdue

By Rich Rezler


Purdue's Gerald Gooden bangs on the school's World's Largest Drum after the Boilermakers rallied from a 14-point third quarter deficit to beat Michigan 38-36 last season. It was their first win in Michigan Stadium since 1966.

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WHO: Michigan (6-3, 2-3) at Purdue (4-5, 2-3).

WHERE: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.

WHEN: Noon today.

ODDS: Michigan is favored by 13 points according to

SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 41-14.

LAST MEETING: Purdue won 38-36 on Nov. 7, 2009. ( coverage)

BROADCAST INFORMATION: TV: Big Ten Network; Radio: Michigan Sports Network (local affiliates), Sirius Ch. 125, XM Ch. 102.

MICHIGAN: Team Stats | Team Rankings | Roster

PURDUE: Team Stats | Team Rankings | Roster

RUNDOWN: Folks aren't too fond of Rich Rodriguez and his Michigan football team around West Lafayette. It started with former Purdue coach Joe Tiller taking exception to Roy Roundtree deciding to jump the Boilermaker ship and continued with new Purdue coach Danny Hope's confrontational post-game handshake last year.

Of course, it used to be that Purdue fans simply hated Michigan because the Wolverines won 77-percent of their games. That's changed a little now that Purdue is on a two-game winning streak in the series.

Will that streak continue? Based strictly on statistics, it seems Michigan's offense, which ranks fifth in the NCAA with 536 yards and 39 points per game, should move the ball at ease against a Purdue defense that has surrendered an average of 42 points in its last three games.


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But even though Purdue is the Big Ten's lowest-scoring team, if we've learned anything about the Wolverines this season it's that the defense -- ranked 114 out of 120 FBS schools -- can help make any game exciting.

So is it another shootout, like last week's triple-overtime thriller against Illinois, or does one defensive unit make a stand? reporters have been covering all scenarios throughout the week. Here's a compilation of what you can find on our site, plus a few bonus items:

TODAY Our football beat writer, Pete Bigelow, previews the game: Numbers aside, Michigan defense intends to keep momentum going against Purdue.

FRIDAY • Michael Rothstein gets some Purdue perspective on the game during our Beat Writer Breakdown exchange with Mike Carmin of the Journal and Courier.

• Rothstein and Bigelow preview the game in this video report.

THURSDAY • Roy Roundtree remains at the center of renewed Purdue-Michigan football rivalry.

• Bigelow catches up with Beau Morgan. Michigan's Denard Robinson is trying to catch the former Air Force quarterback, too, for the NCAA single-season rushing record by a QB.

• Word of Roundtree's school record for receiving yards traveled quickly across the Atlantic Ocean to Norway, where former record-holder Jack Clancy lives today.

WEDNESDAY • Roy Roundtree, in the news a lot this week, has expressed an interest in wearing the No. 1 jersey. In our notebook, Rich Rodriguez says he'll worry about it in the off-season ... plus items.

TUESDAY • Bigelow empties out his notebook with this post on multiple topics: Feud thaws between Rich Rodriguez and Danny Hope, Robinsons will start at QB and more Michigan vs. Purdue.

• Michigan football players see the violent hits on TV and hope something like that never happens to them.

MONDAY • Concussion scare apparently avoided, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson expected to play against Purdue.

• Notebook: Craig Roh returns to defensive end, Big Ten honors Roy Roundtree, Ryan Van Bergen not impressed by Ndamukong Suh and more.

• Video: Rich Rodriguez and Michigan football players reflect on triple-overtime win against Illinois and Roy Roundtree's record day.

• Running updates from Michigan's Monday press conference.

AROUND THE BIG TEN • Standings • Preview: Minnesota (1-9, 0-6) at Illinois (5-4, 3-3), noon. • Preview: Indiana (4-5, 0-5) at Wisconsin (8-1, 4-1), noon. • Preview: Iowa (7-2, 4-1) at Northwestern (6-3, 2-3), noon. • Preview: Penn State (6-3, 3-2) at Ohio State (8-1, 4-1), noon.

AROUND THE COUNTRY • Check out previews of all games involving top 25 teams.



Sat, Nov 13, 2010 : 10:43 a.m.

Our King has an opportunity today to attain Lloyd Carr's worst season record. If he makes it, it took three years to get there.


Sat, Nov 13, 2010 : 8:52 a.m.

66-38? They must be making the Maize & Blue Koolaid especially strong this week.


Sat, Nov 13, 2010 : 6:26 a.m.

I would love to see a woodshed whooping put on by Michigan.GO BLUE!!

Sean T.

Sat, Nov 13, 2010 : 2:11 a.m.

I predicted a loss at Illinois but we won. So I'll try it again to see if we pull out another one. Purdue by a TD. Hell, whatever works!