The Boiling Point: Preview and Predictions for the Purdue vs Michigan game Saturday.
Purdue (4-3 ,2-1) vs Michigan (6-1, 2-1): 12pm Eastern
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also known as The Big House.
TV: ESPN2- These announcers are getting very familiar with Purdue as again Beth Mowins has play-by-play and former Oregon coach Mike Belloti has color commentary. New addition is Shelley Smith on the sideline.
Radio: Michigan Broadcast- Sirius channel 85, XM channel 85; Purdue broadcast- 96.5FM in Lafayette area-Tim Newton has play-by-play, Pete Quinn is color commentator, and Kelly Kitchel is on the sideline.
Fun Fact: Purdue has only beaten Michigan at Michigan Stadium twice in a row one time in history; the 1965-66 seasons.
Reminder of what we picked as Purdue’s record before the season: Scott 7-5, Zach 5-7 , Leroy 4-8
Scott- If Purdue wants any chance of winning they need to stop Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. Robinson’s biggest weakness is his passing so it will be imperative to make him one dimensional. Michigan is pretty much the same as Illinois scheme and player type wise, but Michigan is more talented. Gerald Gooden and Kwann Short getting in the backfield nonstop will be huge. Michigan’s corner backs are just average so Purdue might be able to get the passing game going, especially if the running game goes like it has been lately. If this was a home game I’d probably predict Purdue to win, but Michigan is going to be rested after a bye week and its their homecoming. Michigan 28-Purdue 21
Leroy- Call me crazy, but I’m still not buying this Purdue team. I’ve seen this type of song-and-dance before with Danny Hope’s bunch. Under Hope, the Boilers have always picked up an impressive win, but it hasn’t translated into long-term results. So, I see Purdue taking a giant step backward after taking a couple steps forward in beating Illinois. Plus, Michigan, behind dual-threat QB Denard Robinson, is a tough out at home. As I said about winning at Penn State, some really good Purdue teams have gone to Ann Arbor, Mich., and gotten trounced. I see another one of those lop-sided Wolverine wins coming. Michigan 42-Purdue 10
Zach- I know I am only setting myself up for disappointment by believing a team led by Danny Hope is finally turning a corner on this season and will look like a Big Ten team three weeks in a row, but I’m going to do it anyway. I’m going to believe Purdue can beat Michigan Saturday, even as my friends are texting me about football players at the Cactus right now, less than 48 hours before kickoff. I know I’ll likely regret saying this, but I think this Purdue defense can contain Denard Robinson. I think this Purdue offense can score at least three touchdowns in a game. I think Carson Wiggs can be like Travis Dorsch in the video below and silence his critics with clutch kicking (though hopefully he doesn’t flip off the student section). Don’t burn me on this, Danny. Purdue 24-Michigan 21
What is your prediction and analysis? Let us know in the comments.