The Boilermakers, led by first-year coach Jeff Brohm, are 2-1. Purdue’s quick improvement has already drawn praise from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who said Brohm and his staff are the early favorites for coach of the year.
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Purdue-Michigan time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.
The line: Michigan -10
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Purdue and Michigan are playing on FOX.
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The Wolverines have dominated their series against Purdue, going 44-14 all-time against the Boilermakers. In the teams’ most recent meeting, Michigan won at Purdue, 44-13, in 2012. As members of different Big Ten divisions (Michigan in the East, Purdue in the West), the programs haven’t met since. This Saturday’s meeting is the Big Ten opener for both the Boilermakers and the Wolverines.
Michigan has won three in a row against Purdue, spanning 2010 to 2012. The Boilermakers won the previous two meetings in 2008 and 2009. That two-game win streak by Purdue was its first against the Wolverines since the Boilermakers won five in a row from 1962 to 1966.
Michigan is 3-0 and ranked in the top 10 after beating Florida, Cincinnati and Air Force. QB Wilton Speight is 42-for-77 for 571 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. But Michigan has done well on the ground. Ty Isaac, who left Saturday’s game with an injury, has 47 carries for 336 yards to average 7.1 yards per attempt. The Wolverines are also going to be without leading receiver Tarik Black because of a broken foot. Black has 11 receptions for 149 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Wolverines started their season by beating ranked Florida 33-17, in Arlington, Texas. They then won home games against Cincinnati, 36-14, and Air Force, 29-13. But Michigan has struggled finishing drives in the red zone. In 10 red-zone trips, the Wolverines have scored only one touchdown.
Earlier this week, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm emphasized the goal of making Michigan having to beat the Boilermakers through the air.
“We’re probably more aggressive in stopping the run than other defenses in terms of our structure, but it’s worked good,” Brohm said. “We want to make teams beat us passing the ball. We would prefer Michigan to beat us passing the ball. We want to try to take away the run. It’ll be a little tougher because they’re very tough up front and they’ve got good players. We’ll have to try to still do that and make them throw the ball more than they would like.”
Purdue has shown major improvement at 2-1. Brohm has the Boilermakers averaging 35.7 points and giving up only 19.7 points per game. Last season, Purdue was outscored by an average of 38.3 to 24.6. On offense, David Blough is 51-for-67 for 597 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. A season ago, Blough tossed 21 interceptions.
Though the Boilermakers rushed for less than 100 yards per game in 2016, they’re at 173 yards per game this season. Tario Fuller has picked up 261 yards and 2 touchdowns after only three games.
Purdue has won two in a row after losing to ranked Louisville, 35-28. The Boilermakers then beat Ohio, 44-21, and routed Missouri on the road, 35-3.