Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/4/12

Michigan and Purdue both enter their first game of Big Ten play this Saturday.

Purdue is coming off of a 51-41 victory over Marshall, and Michigan is coming off a disappointing 13-6 loss to Notre Dame back on September 22. 

Purdue has opened the eyes of many around the country with it's very impressive 3-1 start to the season. 

Whereas Michigan has been a bit of a disappointment at 2-2, those two losses are at the hands of No. 1 Alabama, and No. 9 Notre Dame.

 

This will be a shootout that comes down to the final possesion

Both Michigan and Purdue can score nearly at will. In its three wins the lowest point total for the Boilermakers has been 48. 

While Michigan has struggled a bit in the early going the firepower is still there on the offense for the Wolverines to be in a shootout like I think this game will be. With these high-powered offenses this game has the potential to go the way of last week's Baylor-West Virginia shootout. Michigan has a slightly more experienced defense giving them the edge and the win over the Boilermakers.

 

Denard Robinson will win this game with his arm

Robinson has been under much scrutiny after several poor performances lately. Against Notre Dame Robinson threw four interceptions.

This will not happen again!  While Robinson is known for his legs, he can occasionally have a decent game passing. He has not had that versus a quality opponent yet in 2012, that will change Saturday. Robinson has heard the scrutiny and faced the heat and will silence them all (at least for a week) with a big game Saturday.

 

The Michigan Defense will get at least two interceptions

The Michigan defense appears to have taken a step back this season. While the Wolverine defensive line has struggled, the secondary has played well. Michigan's biggest deficiency on defense has been against the run not the pass. 

Between quarterbacks Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush Purdue has thrown five interceptions in four games. Look for this hungry Michigan defense to take advantage of at least two mistakes turning the tide in this potential shootout.

While both of these teams appear to be middle of the road Big Ten Teams this could be a pivotal game. A win for ether team could propel that team to a strong Big Ten season and possible appearance in the second ever big ten title game. 

For the loser it could be a long season and facing an angry fan base when the season draws to a close at the end of November. 

 

 



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