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Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 9:56 a.m.

Your mega guide to the Purdue vs. Michigan football game

By Rich Rezler


Michigan fans celebrated a 27-16 win over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., last season. On Saturday, the series returns to Michigan Stadium -- where Purdue won 38-36 in 2009.

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WHO: Purdue (4-3, 2-1) at No. 17 Michigan (6-1, 2-1)

WHERE: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

WHEN: Noon

ODDS: Michigan is favored by 13 1/2 points, according to

SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 42-14

LAST MEETING: Michigan won 27-16 on Nov. 13, 2010. ( coverage)

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy, becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. Scattered showers. Highs 48 to 52. Latest forecast.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: TV: ESPN2; Radio: Michigan Sports Network (local affiliates).

LIVE COVERAGE: Join our live chat on the Michigan football home page beginning at 11:30 a.m. and follow beat writer Kyle Meinke on Twitter @kmeinke for live updates during the game.

MICHIGAN: Roster | Stats | Schedule/Results

PURDUE: Roster | Stats | Schedule/Results coverage

Well, here we go. Hold your breath, cross your fingers and hope the Wolverines' season isn't about to crumble around us for a third straight season.

The numbers are well-documented: Michigan was a combined 9-0 the last two seasons entering matchups against Michigan State, but lost those games and finished a combined 3-13. And we all remember the Wolverines were 6-0 before losing in East Lansing two weeks ago.

Will it be different this year? Count Michigan beat writer Kyle Meinke among those who believe it will. That opinion piece -- and much, much more -- is among this compilation of our coverage leading up to the Purdue-Michigan game:


• What is Michigan's key to victory? In this video preview, Meinke says it's winning the rushing battle, on both sides of the ball.

Analysis: Culture change will help Michigan turn corner, avoid another second-half collapse

Desmond Morgan to start at linebacker, becoming 5th freshmen to earn pronounced role on defense

Our weekly poll: Las Vegas oddsmakers have made Michigan a 13 1/2-point favorite. What do you think?


Ralph Bolden, shown scoring against Minnesota, leads the Boilermakers with 398 rushing yards.

Associated Press


• Michigan coach Brady Hoke expects Purdue to attack the Wolverines' weak perimeter defense

• Position change leads to improved play from Will Heininger, better production from Michigan's defensive line

• sports reporter Nick Baumgardner was at the Big Ten basketball media day, and some football-related news broke out: Jim Delany shoots down any Big Ten expansion ideas and more notes

• In Baumgardner's always-entertaining B1G Notes: Jerry Kill's big deal offers Minnesota a chance at stability and other notes

• Meinke hosts a live chat at noon every Thursday. Read the transcript of this week's chat here. Join us next week!


Notebook: Michigan's Ricky Barnum declared healthy for Purdue game, but might have lost his job to Michael Schofield

Michigan searching for solutions to paltry production from tailbacks

Beat Writer Breakdown with Mike Carmin of the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier: Purdue is running well, has shown it can slow dual-threat quarterbacks

Michigan will redshirt freshman tailback Justice Hayes, seek a sixth year for Marrell Evans

Associated Press: Coach Danny Hope says Purdue needs 60-minute effort at Michigan


Michigan's Devin Gardner (7) and Denard Robinson are two of four QBs likely to see the field Saturday.

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Quarterbacks galore: Purdue, like Michigan, ready to play two signal callers Saturday

Michigan football team searching for ways to avoid another post-MSU collapse

View from practice: The Michigan football team is healthier after off week

• Michigan coach Brady Hoke discusses second-half collapses, off weeks and more during teleconference


Off week? Not for 5 freshmen who positioned themselves for more playing time

Notebook: Michigan football players spend their day of rest getting work done

Live updates from Brady Hoke's Monday press conference

• Michigan cornerback Gregg Brown is fourth freshman to leave program

Associated Press capsule

WHAT'S AT STAKE: The Wolverines are coming off their first loss, a fourth straight to rival Michigan State. The Spartans also handed the Wolverines their first loss in each of the previous two years, sending college football's winningest program toward six- and seven-loss seasons, leading to the firing of Rich Rodriguez and hiring of Brady Hoke. If the Boilermakers can win a second straight game at Michigan Stadium for the first time since 1965-66, they will move within a victory of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

KEY MATCHUP: Michigan's kickoff returns vs. Purdue K Carson Wiggs. The Wolverines rank 111th out of 120 major college football programs on kickoff returns, failing to block well at the point of attack to win the battle of field position. Wiggs has booted 19 touchbacks, forcing teams to usually start drives at their 20 against the Boilermakers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Michigan: QB Denard Robinson. He had his lowest passing percentage and fewest yards rushing as a starter in his last game at Michigan State. Purdue: CB Ricardo Allen has three interceptions, returning one for a score, and would have more if teams dared to throw toward him while he's running step for step with top receivers.

FACTS & FIGURES: In Purdue's last trip to Ann Arbor two years ago, Joey Elliott became the first Purdue quarterback to win there since Bob Griese in 1966. ... Michigan won at Purdue last year 27-16 in a game with 10 combined turnovers. ... The Boilermakers haven't won two or lost two games in a row this season. ... Michigan, coming off a bye, is at home for the first time since Oct. 1 and won't be back until closing the regular season Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 against Nebraska and Ohio State.

Around the Big Ten

• The staff is predicting Big Ten games this year. You can play along by voting for your own winner of each game before noon today.

Michigan State at Nebraska, noon, ESPN. (Preview | MSU coverage)

Northwestern at Indiana, noon, BTN. (Preview)

Illinois at Penn State, 3:30 p.m., ABC (Preview)

Iowa at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m., BTN. (Preview)

Wisconsin at Ohio State, 8 p.m., ESPN (Preview)



Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 3:10 p.m.

This may be helpful to some fans: ESPN3 (live streaming) coverage of this game is still "on" as of 11:02 AM. No blackout. At this point in the day, I guess I'm not as analytical and just want this to be a good game for Michigan. We all know the stakes and the history. Some of us even remember that, 100 years ago, Michigan was dominating the dawn of the 20th Century in football. Let us hope that "echoes" for Brady Hoke and Michigan starting in 2011. Hail to the Victors! Go Blue!


Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 2:26 p.m.

Getting out coached by dumtonio is still a grave concern. I have great hope for rest of year. today will be very telling. Purdue is a team we should roll going away. We have had 2 weeks to correct the multitude of errors and iron out the wrinkles. Losing to moo u should give the guys a fire to play harded than ever before. All the right things have been said by the coaches and plays since that embarassment but the proof will be in the pudding today.

Chaz H

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 10:58 p.m.

"ODDS: Michigan State is favored by 13 1/2 points, according to" I hope Michigan State is not playing in the Purdue vs. Michigan game. Not sure how that would work.

Larry Weisenthal

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 10:28 p.m.

In assessing Hoke's performance as Head Coach, it's useful to compare and contrast his season to date with that of Bo Schembechler. Bo inherited a good team, which had gone 8 - 2 the previous year and which had many good players returning. Bo got blown out by Missouri, 40 - 17 and got beaten as badly by MSU (23 - 12) as did Hoke. But the next week, M killed Minnesota and ran the table, through tOSU. Here's hoping history repeats. - Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach CA


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 11:11 p.m.

Larry, Seems like Bo inherited a much better team to work with: 80% winning percentage vs. 54% for Brady. Interesting. Bo's legendary status always led me to believe he turned around a completely woebegone team. Looks like the turn-around already started when he got here. (This in no way is intended to demean what he ended up accomplishing, however. I had just completely forgotten that the '68 team went 8-2.)