Today’s game between Michigan and Purdue marks the fifty-ninth meeting of these two foes. It is the Big Ten season opener for both teams. Jim Harbaugh’s young Wolverines are off to a perfect start with a record of 3 wins and 0 losses. However, that doesn’t mean that Michigan has played perfectly in every game. The Maize and Blue footballers are a work in progress, but have shown encouraging signs in every game. Of course, there have been plenty of discouraging moments in every game so far for the Wolverines. The Purdue Boilermakers are off to an excellent start (2-1) and have been an exciting team to watch. Today’s game will be a BIG TEST for both teams.
Before I get into my predictions about Saturday’s game, let’s take a closer look at what has happened so far when Michigan plays on September 23rd. Then, we will shift our attention to the long history of Michigan and Purdue.
Calendar History: So far, The University of Michigan has played a total of seven games on the 23rd day of September. The results have been outstanding since the Wolverines have a perfect record of 7 wins and 0 losses on this day. Here is quick look at what has transpired on this day in Michigan Football history:
September 23rd has definitely been a good day for Wolverine football. Michigan owns two conference wins on this day and five non-conference victories. Let’s hope that trend continues today.
Series History: Today’s opponent, the Purdue Boilermakers are making their fifty-ninth appearance on a Michigan Schedule. The Wolverines own a decided advantage with an overall record of 44 wins, 14 losses and 0 ties. Michigan has a 28-5 record in Ann Arbor and a record of 16 wins and 9 losses in Lafayette, Indiana. Here is a closer look at some of the milestone games in the history of this series:
Although they started playing each other in 1890 these two teams have not played a lot of games against each other. Michigan has definitely been the better team, especially in Ann Arbor. However, Purdue has more than lived up to their “Spoilermakers” nickname on more than one occasion against Michigan. Purdue doesn’t win against Michigan very often, but when they do it is usually painful! New coach Jeff Brohm’s version of Boilermaker Football will present some interesting challenges for the Wolverines.
Best Wolverine Performances on September 23rd: Here are some of the best Wolverine performances on this date in Michigan Football History:
Best Wolverine Performances and “Firsts” Against Purdue: Here is a closer look at some of the best Wolverine performances on the road against the Boilermakers:
So, some of Michigan’s best players have stepped up with big days and big plays in Lafayette, Indiana. Who will make the BIG plays for Michigan today?
Today. Jeff Brohm has Purdue fans super-excited about their football team. They are fun to watch if you like offense. Their defense seems to be a little behind the offense, but are still capable. There is no doubt that Purdue will open up the playbook and throw everything they have at the fifth-ranked Michigan defense. There will be some interesting matchups when Purdue has the ball. Michigan’s offense needs to find some consistency and finish some red-zone efforts with touchdowns instead of field goals. I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate the amazing season that Quinn Nordin is having, but the offense needs to find more ways to score six points, instead of settling for three! Once again, Michigan has the talent on offense to dominate Purdue’s defense. We will see how it all goes down!
I think that the first twenty-five games in Lafayette, Indiana provide us with all we need to know about the result of today’s game. Again, Michigan has a record of 16 wins and 9 defeats at Purdue. The Wolverines have scored 657 points and allowed 426 points in those games. Hence, the average score of a Michigan at Purdue game is 26.28 to 17.04. I will round things off and predict that Michigan’s wins today by a score of 26-17. Go Blue!