5 things to watch for Michigan football vs. Purdue

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More impact plays for the defense

Not only does Michigan have the top-scoring defense in the FBS, allowing an average of 5.9 points per game, but the Wolverines have also started putting points on the board.

Michigan football leads the Big Ten conference with 11 interceptions and four of them have been returned for touchdowns. Mike Sainristil has done it twice. Will Johnson and Keon Sabb also have interceptions returned for touchdowns.

In terms of sacks, Michigan is sixth in the Big Ten with 21. The Boilermakers have allowed 18 sacks this season, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten.

Purdue quarterback Hudson Card has talent but he’s also thrown seven interceptions this season. Card was under a lot of heat last week and had two interceptions against Nebraska. The offensive line struggled to protect against Nebraska.

If that happens this week against the Wolverines front, which is even more talented, it could lead to some mistakes from Hudson Card. You never know, Michigan might even get an interception or a defensive touchdown once again.