Preview: Michigan at Purdue

 Michigan Wolverines
Purdue Boilermakers

Game Stuff
When: November 13, 2010
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Time: 12:00 PM EST
TV: Big Ten Network (Eric Collins, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson)
Local Radio: FM 104.3 WOMC, AM 1050 WTKA
Line: Michigan -12.5
Over/Under: 61.5
Series Record: UM Leads 41-14
Last Meeting: PU 38 @ UM 36 (2009) 
Michigan Record: 6-3 (2-3)
Last Game: Win vs Illinois 67-65

Purdue Stuff
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Enrollment: 39,697
Conference: Big Ten
Nickname: Boilermakers
Head Coach: Danny Hope
OC: Gary Nord
DC: Gary Emanuel, Donn Landholm
Prdue Record: 4-5 (2-3)
Last Game: Loss to Wisconsin 13-34
2009 Record: 5-7 (4-4)

A Little History
History between Rich Rodriguez and Purdue head coach Danny Hope has been a little touchy to say the least. We dove into the confrontation between the two coaches last year when it happened. Hopefully, all of that nonsense is behind us. But being that Purdue is playing for a possible bowl bid (they need two more victories), hopefully all of this off the field crap can be put aside and we can focus on the game.

Statistical Breakdown (stats through 11-6-10)
MICHIGANValue (Nat. Rank)Value (Nat. Rank)PURDUEAdvantage
Rushing Offense (ypg)273.44 (9)142.78 (49)Rushing Defense (ypg)MICH+
Passing Offense (ypg)262.44 (28)218.22 (64)Passing Defense (ypg)MICH
Pass Efficiency158.09 (14)141.42 (96)Pass Efficiency DefenseMICH+++
Total Offense (ypg)535.89 (5)361.00 (56)Total Defense (ypg)MICH+
Scoring Offense (ppg)38.89 (12)27.67 (74)Scoring Defense (ppg)MICH++
Rushing Defense (ypg)168.11 (84)173.22 (39)Rushing Offense (ypg)PU+
Passing Defense (ypg)285.56 (115)137.33 (114)Passing Offense (ypg)PUSH
Pass Efficiency Defense144.29 (101)96.34 (117)Pass EfficiencyPUSH
Total Defense (ypg)453.67 (114)310.56 (104)Total Offense (ypg)PUSH
Scoring Defense (ppg)33.89 (104)17.56 (111)Scoring Offense (ppg)PUSH
Net Punting Yards36.40 (62)4.94 (105)Punt Return YardsMICH+
Punt Return Yards6.00 (95)35.82 (65)Net Punting YardsPU
Kickoff Return Yards20.84 (78)24.96 (109)Kickoff Return DefenseMICH
Kickoff Return Defense19.77 (27)18.33 (112)Kickoff Return YardsMICH+++
Turnover Margin-.78 (108)-.67 (102)Turnover MarginPUSH
Penalty Yds/Game50.22 (52)55.56 (72)Penalty Yds/GameMICH
Sacks1.33 (T-98)1.67 (45)Sacks AllowedPU
Sacks Allowed.44 (4)3.00 (6)SacksPUSH
Redzone Offense (%)87.80 (T-24)83.33 (T-66)Redzone Defense (%)MICH+
Redzone Defense (%)87.18 (T-90)84.00 (T-45)Redzone Offense (%)PU+
Redzone TD %76.19 (5)69.44 (103)Redzone TD % DefenseMICH+++
Redzone TD % Defense69.23 (101)48 (107)Redzone TD %PUSH
3rd Down Conv. %48.31 (21)44.35 (96)3rd Down Defense %MICH++
3rd Down Defense %43.94 (95)35.77 (T-92)3rd Down Conv. %PUSH
1st Downs Per Game24.2 (13)20.7 (78)1st Downs Allowed Per/GmMICH++
1st Downs Allowed Per/Gm23.2 (115)16.6 (100)1st Downs Per GamePUSH

Difference < 20 in national rank = Push
Difference > 20 in national rank = Team
Difference > 40 in national rank = Team+
Difference > 60 in national rank = Team++
Difference > 80 in national rank = Team+++

Common Opponents (New Section!)

Notre Dame
Played in Week 2
@ Notre Dame
Won, 28-24
Played in Week 1
@ Notre Dame
Lost, 12-23
5-4 (3-3)
Played in Week 10
@ Home
Won, 67-65
Played in Week 9
@ Illinois
Lost, 10-44

Random Stuff and Etc
Did you know Denard Robinson needs just 146 rushing yards to set the NCAA record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback? So far this year Denard has 7 100+ rushing yard games and ranks 2nd nationally in rushing average.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg likes us this week. Video here.

Other Michigan blogger previews: Big House Blog, MZone, mgoblog, In Rob We Trust

Rich Rod Monday presser

Also Darryl Stonum, Roy Roundtree, Ryan Van Bergen, Patrick Omameh

Injuries? Injury report:
University of Michigan Football Injury Report
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 – at Purdue

Floyd, JT                               Ankle
Jones, Mike                        Leg
Jones, Teric                        Knee
Odoms, Martavious        Foot
Van Slyke, Jared               Clavicle
Williams, Mike                   Head
Woolfolk, Troy                  Ankle

Mouton, Jonas                  Chest

Dorrestein, Perry             Knee
Toussaint, Fitzgerald       Shoulder
All of the 0% guys we already know about. Teric Jones was taken out of the Illinois game after injuring his knee on a special teams play.

I like that Toussaint is probable. Mouton finished the game last week, but we're hearing he could be out this week after being limited in practice. Mike Martin not on this list makes Brad a happy boy.

Purdue Offense
Player Stats!
PASSINGComp/AttYardsComp %TD/INTRating
Robert Marve67/9951267.7%3/4113
Rob Henry49/9750150.5%3/495.9
Dan Dierking834585.5423
Rob Henry713915.5674
Keith Carlos391804.6510
Cortez Smith2828710.376 (TD)2
Antavian Edison1818210.123 (TD)2
Kyle Adams281686110
OJ Ross1114913.5511
Keith Smith181236.8160

Why the stats? Because charts are fun, that's why.

If you look at these stats, what really sticks out...especially if you compare them to almost any other Big Ten team, is that all of the numbers are about half of what other teams are putting up.

No doubt that injuries at quarterback have drastically impacted the overall output of this offense. That said, this offense was bad to begin with, let alone the decimation of the QB spot.

For as bad as we are on defense, we may have met our match with an equally defunct offense.

Purdue Defense
We might as well keep punter Will Hagerup at home this week. I'm not kidding. If we need to punt, it better be 4th and mile. And even then, it's a toss-up.

Rarely, especially in the Big Ten, do you find an offense and a defense that are so awful together on one team.

I'd say more about the Purdue defense, but they're just bad. And I really don't care to research them that much. Just look at the statistical comparison above to get the insight you need and draw your own conclusions.

Final Thoughts
If we can put up 67 points up against Illinois defense which was ranked near the top of the NCAA rankings in scoring defense, than we can surely score at will against Purdue's, which is ranked 74th.

We may score at will this weekend, but Purdue could score just as much. If we find ourselves in an uncontrollable shootout again, I love our chances in overtime. Purdue's redzone defense is a joke.

Again, I'll be very surprised if we punt. But the last two Purdue games have been shockingly bad games for Michigan, so expect anything to happen.

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