The Michigan Wolverines and Purdue Boilermakers open their Big Ten seasons in a Saturday afternoon matchup at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. ET, with television coverage on Big Ten Network. Michigan opened as a three-point favorite.
Despite a preseason top 20 ranking, Michigan has started just 2-2 on the season. The Wolverines were blown out by No. 1 Alabama in the first week of the season, then lost to Notre Dame in South Bend two weeks ago. Michigan did not play last week. Quarterback Denard Robinson, who entered the season as a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, has struggled throughout the season, completing just 54 percent of his pass attempts and throwing eight interceptions against just six touchdowns. He has averaged over 110 yards per game rushing, however.
Purdue, which beat Marshall last week, has arguably been the frontrunner for the Big Ten Leaders Division's spot in the league's championship game. The Boilermakers are 3-1 through September, with three wins over non-BCS competition and a loss to Notre Dame. Quarterback Caleb TerBush, who took over during the loss to the Fighting Irish in Week 2, threw four touchdown passes in a win over Marshall last week.
Last year, Michigan dominated the Boilermakers in a 36-14 victory at Michigan Stadium. Purdue last defeated the Wolverines in 2009.