Friday, October 28, 2011

Lazy Man's Michigan Preview: Purdue


Ah they Bye Week is behind us and I feel rested. Which is good because after the hangover I had on Sunday after that damn MSU game, I needed the week off.

But I'm not here to bring up old shit. I'm here to look to ahead and to the Boilermakers.

Purdue (4-3, 2-1) @ (18) Michigan (6-1, 2-1) 12:00 ET ESPN2/ESPN3

This is a good bounce back game for the boys in blue. Purdue, despite having very Purdue things happen to them have started to play decent ball. After upsetting Illinois last week, they face their second of three ranked teams in a row. So let's look at the breakdown.

Borges needs to get back on track in this game. Fire up the running game again and give Denard some easy throws early to get into a rhythm. Purdue isn't awful against the run at 55th and their not too bad against the pass either. Getting Fitz or Smith involved early will take pressure off Denard later in the game.

Bottom line is they need to tackle better. The tackling last week was bad. Aside from that, the defense did it's job in East Lansing and there nothing that says they won't dominate this game. Purdue is pretty balance offensively but are mediocre at best. If the defensive line can get a good push up front and the linebackers can play downhill a bit things will go well for Michigan.

Special Teams
Just don't let any big returns happen. This probably worries me the most. I don't know why I just have a bad feeling. The coverage has been waiting to burst now for 7 weeks. Let's hope the week off gave them a chance to shore coverage up a bit.

The Pick
Nothing scares me about this game. It's at home. It's Purdue. It's after a bye week. I think Michigan has another fast start and the defense holds down the Boilers. Michigan 40-13.

Now for the rest of the previews:

BWS is calling for something closer.

Go Blue Michigan Wolverine does a coaches corner preview.

Maize and Go Blue has your record watch and too is saying the Wolverines won't cover.

Maize Pages, has become a favorite of mine, sees the game going a little more like I do.

MGoBlog has Danny Hope cookies and doesn't seem too terribly worried.

MGo Football does math like Whoa!

The Big House Blog breaks out Percy and says watch Tree, Fitz and The Count this week.

The M Zone has all things Purdue.

The Wolverine Blog calls for a fairly close contest.

Touch the Banner has...oh just bless you TTB!

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