Michigan football will be back on the field this week against Purdue. Here’s how to watch, the odds, and more key info for the Wolverines and Boilermakers.
It was a wild bye week for Michigan football. The NCAA investigation and the noise surrounding all of it has overtaken the Wolverines, at least from the outside looking in.
However, Jim Harbaugh said he and the Michigan football team had a “one-track mind.” The Wolverines are 8-0 and start the final four-game stretch of the season at home against Purdue on Saturday night.
The good news for Michigan fans is that a contract extension for Jim Harbaugh could be finalized ‘very soon’ which would be a great sign moving forward that this isn’t the huge deal some rivals and reporters are trying to make it out to be.
I hope that happens soon so we can focus on football again. With that in mind, here’s some key info for the matchup against Purdue on Saturday.
Michigan football vs. Purdue odds
The Wolverines are a 32-point favorite against Purdue according to DraftKings. The over/under is 48.5 points. The money line is +3000 for Purdue and -10000 for the Wolverines.
Michigan vs. Purdue How to watch
Date: Nov. 4
Game Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: The Big House
How to Watch: NBC | Peacock | Fubo TV
Michigan football vs. Purdue players to watch
Can McCarthy keep the Heisman campaign moving forward? He’ll need to shine against Penn State and Ohio State in order to win. However, another game with 2-3 touchdown passes and zero turnovers won’t hurt his cause.
One stat: On third-and-seven or longer, McCarthy is 19-of-20 this season and every completion has gone for a first down or a touchdown. That’s incredible. So is the fact that he’s thrown for 339 yards on those attempts, which is an average of 16.95.
You don’t get more elite than that.
Not to make it all about the quarterbacks, but if the Boilermakers are going to have a shot at pulling an upset, Card is going to have to have a great game. That’ll be easier said than done against a Michigan defense fresh off a shutout and wanting to make a point.
Purdue struggled to protect Card against Nebraska. The Boilermakers were held to 195 yards total and under 100 passing and rushing against the Cornhuskers, which doesn’t bode well for the Boilermakers this week at the Big House. Yet, this pass offense was ranked fourth in the Big Ten prior to last week’s disaster in Lincoln.
Michigan football vs. Purdue prediction
Ryan Walters is a good defensive coach and the Boilermakers did a solid job against Nebraska last week, which had the top-ranked rushing offense in the Big Ten but was held to 154 yards.
Running the ball won’t be easy against the Boilermakers. Purdue also has one of the best pass rushes in the Big Ten. Pass protection has been an issue at times.
I’d like to see Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards finally break out, along with the offensive line, and just take over. However, McCarthy is probably going to drive the offense again, along with his stellar wideouts and tight ends.
Ultimately, if it wasn’t for a defensive touchdown and five Nebraska fumbles, Purdue wouldn’t have scored last week. I don’t see them having much success against the Wolverines and with this Michigan team wanting to prove a point every week, this might get ugly.
Score: Michigan 41, Purdue 7