We’re about half way through our Game of the Week showcase series and starting to get into the chunk of the Big Ten schedule. At this point, we should be able to tell who will be contenders and who will be pretenders.
This week, I pick the game of the week for Week Six.
Week Six: Michigan vs. Purdue 4 p.m.
Michigan will in if they…
Run the football and stay healthy the week before against Notre Dame. The Wolverines could come in to West Lafayette undefeated and near the top of the rankings in the country. Although it’s highly unlikely as Michigan squares off against Alabama in their opener, stranger things have happened in college football. Brady Hoke‘s squad will not take the Boiler’s lightly as they return a solid core on defense and proven starter in Caleb TerBush. Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint will have to be the one two punch UM needs against a tough Purdue defensive front. Purdue could provide Michigan with a little bit of a scare in week six.
Purdue will win if they…
Shut down Denard Robinson (as always) and keep the Michigan defense on their heels. RB Ralph Bolden is coming off his third major knee surgery and the Boiler’s may call upon Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt to carry the load. If the Boiler’s expectations are matched, they could also be undefeated coming in to this contest as they get four winnable games before Michigan with Notre Dame at home. TerBush must take advantage of any turnovers Robinson may give Purdue and manage each drive precisely. Keeping Robinson and the UM offense off the field will benefit the Boiler’s tremendously. Purdue has some speed at wide receiver and will need to take shots down the field when available.
Prediction: Michigan gets the job done by a touchdown
Michigan will gain a lot of valuable experience during their first game against Alabama whether they win or lose. Playing against that type of competition will help the Wolverines grow up real fast to get ready for Big Ten play. Robinson will make too many plays against the Boilermakers and UM will score in a hurry. Watch out for backup quarterback Devin Gardner in this game and previous contests as well. He’s listed as a third-string wide receiver and is said to be just as athletic and explosive as Robinson.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.