Friday, November 12, 2010

Lazy Man's Michigan Preview: Purdue

Ah what a difference a week makes. Last week the stench of desperation was chokingly thick in the air. This week we are bowl eligible, just escaped a triple overtime, the offense looked great and the defense was rather serviceable.

It's been a nice week. If I've been walking around all week with the feeling of a huge weight lifted off my shoulders I can only imagine what Rich Rod and the team feel like. I just have this suspicion that the team, now with the pressure off, will start to play looser and that can only help on both sides of the ball. At this point they have nothing left to lose.

The Keys

Offense
I think the focus of the offense this week will be to eliminate the mistakes. The picks, fumbles and penalties have really been the only thing that has stopped this defense. And tomorrow should be no different. With Cam's issues right now, this would be the perfect time for a Denard statement game.

Defense
Play with confidence. Some of the youth is coming around and hopefully after last week they'll play with some swagger (I still can't believe I typed that, but defense is weird that way). Purdue is actually worse offensively than Illinois, even after last week, and they will rely on their running game. We'll need Demens, Mouton, Gordan and Kovacs to stay home and read quickly. If we can minimize the damage caused by counters and veers we'll be in good shape.

Special Teams
For Christ sake Gallon hang on to the ball. Kick-offs shouldn't kill us this game and I don't see the field goal unit making an appearance. Let's hope anyway.

Prediction
Look who knows with this team. I think Michigan will win and Vegas has us a 13 point favorite. The offense rolls and the defense plays it's best game to date. Let's go with 49 - 27.

Previews:

MGoBlog envokes 2008 Michigan QB situation for Purdue and has Hypno-Kitty on display.

Burgeoning Wolverine Star has Michigan winning the turnover battle and give GERG, gulp, some positive comments.

Go Blue Michigan Wolverine gives us a peak at Purdue and the prediction from the crew.

Holding the Rope weaves a tale of a West Lafayette road trip.

In Rod we Trust gives us a look at common foes and thinks Michigan can make a statement with this game.

Maize and Go Blue give us the Purdue Forecast and really gives us the best descriptor of last week courtesy of his 84 year old Grandma.

Maize and Blue Nation has charts aplenty and a picture of that big ass drum.

The BIG HOUSE Blog breaks out Percy and gives Purdue it's due Mustache Respect. We'll be thinking of ya when that whistle blows Bob.

The M Zone's Know Your Foe is extra fantastic this week with lots of pics of trains, Hope Hatred and a couple of girls kissing. Bravo sir!

The Wolverine Blog has a lot of block M's on the Numbers Game chart that we've seen in a few games.

The Mathlete of MGoBlog fame comes in with his mathy prediction. I feel The Mathlete needs a theme song. Hmmm.

UMGoBlog predicts an easier day for the defense than they've had in a while.

UMTailgate reminds everyone that Purdue is a basketball school. And shares some picks of, you guessed it, last year's tailgate.

And because the Wolverine Liberation Army is basically unpredictable I'm linking to them knowing that a preview will go up at some point and you should never miss it.

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