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Purdue Boilermakers vs Michigan Wolverines Football Preview

 

 

The Purdue Boilermakers will try to take a key step toward bowl eligibility when they host the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue needs two wins in its last three games to reach six victories on the season.  The matchup with the Wolverines is one of two home games remaining.

The Boilers’ defense will be put to the test Saturday.  Michigan ranks fifth nationally with 535.9 yards per game behind electrifying dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson. The Wolverines prefer to move the ball on the ground, averaging 273.4 rushing yards per game, and Robinson is the key to their spread-option attack.

Robinson has been banged up this season, suffering shoulder and knee injuries in addition to a possible concussion suffered last week against Illinois.  Robinson left the game after the third quarter with dizziness and a headache, but backup Tate Forcier led the Wolverines to a 67-65 triple-overtime win, the highest-scoring game in Big Ten history.

 



Robinson will be ready this week, and will pose a major challenge to the Boilermaker defense.  Last week, the Purdue D was rolled over by Wisconsin after being put in difficult spots by a turnover-prone offense.

Purdue’s offense, engineered by true freshman quarterback Sean Robinson, showed promise last week, but couldn’t hold on to the ball when it needed to.  The Boiler attack might be able to make some progress on Saturday, however, against one of the Big Ten’s softest defenses.

The Purdue quarterback situation remains status quo for now.  Robinson, who entered the season as the third-stringer, will get another chance to be the Boilers’ field general, as Rob Henry remains sidelined with a finger injury suffered three weeks ago against Ohio State. 

Wide receiver Justin Siller, who led Purdue to a win over the Wolverines as the Boilermaker quarterback two seasons ago, will move back to QB when he returns from a foot injury, but it has taken longer than expected for Siller to heal

 

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Purdue and Michigan have had a rather unpleasant rivalry in recent years, starting with former coach Joe Tiller calling Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez a “wizard hat-wearing snake oil salesman” on Signing Day 2008 after wide receiver Roy Roundtree reneged on a commitment to Purdue and chose Michigan at the last minute. Roundtree, now one of the Wolverines’ top offensive players, is always a marked man when he lines up against the Boilers, though he seems to thrive on it, judging by his 10 catches for 126 yards in the loss to Purdue last season.

Roundtree is coming off a historic performance last week against Illinois.  The junior caught two touchdown passes and had a school record 246 yards receiving.  Purdue true freshman Ricardo Allen, already one of the Boilers’ top defensive players, may draw the task of covering the dangerous Roundtree.

 

By: James Lambert
DFN Sports Staff Writer

 

 

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