Michigan might get some easy matchups in the lackluster Big Ten this season. The Wolverines just don't think Saturday's opener at Purdue is one of them.
''We've got a tremendous challenge because I think Purdue is playing as well as anybody in our league right now,'' Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday. ''We got our work cut out for us.''
The Boilermakers (3-1) are off to their best start since 2007. Their loss at Notre Dame, a three-point setback, was more impressive than Michigan's 13-6 loss on the road to the Fighting Irish.
If the slightly favored Wolverines (2-2) lose Saturday at Purdue, they will have three losses by early October for the first time since 2008 when Rich Rodriguez lost a school-record nine games in his debut as the coach at college football's winningest program. Michigan is coming off a bye, giving the team two weeks to evaluate, rest and get ready for the Boilermakers.
''A week off always helps,'' offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said.
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