Originally posted on MaizeAndGoBlue  |  Last updated 10/1/12
Read our preseason Purdue preview here. With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for the postseason and Wisconsin looking uninspiring, this might be the year for Purdue to earn a spot in the Big Ten championship game. The Boilermakers blew out Eastern Kentucky in the season opener and then almost shocked Notre Dame in South Bend in Week 2, falling 20-17. Purdue bounced back with convincing wins over Eastern Michigan and Marshall. Are the Boilers for real this year? Let’s take a look. Purdue 2012 Statistics & Michigan Comparison Purdue | Michigan Rank Opponent Rank Points Per Game 42.5 | 28.5 13 | 59 20.8 | 23.0 39 | 53 Rushing Yards 806 | 738 426 | 728 Rush Avg. Per Game 201.5 | 184.5 32 | 45 106.5 | 182 23 | 87 Avg. Per Rush 4.9 | 5.1 3.3 | 4.0 Passing Yards 1,048 | 837 992 | 618 Pass Avg. Per Game 262 | 209.2 43 | 89 248 | 154.5 81 | 9 Total Offense 1,854 | 1,575 1,418 | 1,346 Total Off Avg. Per Game 463.5 | 393.8 38 | 74 354.5 | 336.5 43 | 31 ...
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