After the bye week, the Michigan Wolverines return to the field ready to make up for their first loss of the season. After a 28-14 defeat at the hands of in-state rival Michigan State, the Wolverines face the Purdue Boilermakers at home in Michigan Stadium (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2; head here for Michigan-Purdue score updates and conversation).
Some in Michigan are wondering if the Wolverines aren't starting down a similar path seen in previous years when a slide starts after a loss to the Spartans.
The Boilermakers, meanwhile, enter this game with a win over the Illinois Fighting Illini last Saturday. But this game is the start of a string of tough contests. After this one, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa follow in successive weeks.
But for this week, Hammer and Rails, our Purdue blog, has four keys to this game if the Boilermakers want to win. The main one is to hold keep quarterback Denard Robinson silent. He is a dual-threat on the field, but he is most deadly running the ball. Silence him and the Wolverines might be defeated.
Game date, time: 12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 29
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TV channel: ESPN2/ESPN3
Spread: Michigan favored by 14 points
Series history: Michigan leads, 41-14
For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit our Michigan blog Maize n Brew and our Purdue blog Hammer and Rails. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.