2017 Michigan football opponent preview and prediction: Purdue

Editor’s note: Counting down to Michigan football’s season opener, Land of 10 is taking a look at the Wolverines’ 2017 opponents.

Michigan vs. Purdue

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
  • TV: TBA
  • Last meeting: Michigan defeated Purdue 44-13 on Oct. 6, 2012, at Ross-Ade Stadium. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson ran for 235 yards on 24 carries to set a Big Ten record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Purdue at a glance

  • Coach: Jeff Brohm
  • 2016 record: 3-9, 1-8 Big Ten Conference

Purdue players to watch

David Blough | QB

David Blough is a junior and the Big Ten’s returning leading passer, with 3,352 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2016. Blough became Purdue’s starting quarterback in its fourth game last season, and he was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disastrous season at Purdue. Blough could flourish under Brohm. Brohm’s passing offense at Western Kentucky was second (2014), fourth (2015) and fifth (2016) nationally in his three seasons as coach of the Hilltoppers.

Markus Bailey | LB

Defensive coordinator Nick Holt said he’s going to count more on Purdue’s linebackers this fall, so expect Markus Bailey to be the focal point of a deep group that will be aggressive and not afraid to blitz. Injured as a true freshman in 2015 — an ACL tear in his left knee limited him to three games — Bailey came back as a redshirt last season to become Purdue’s leading tackler (97), He also had 4 interceptions for the Boilermakers.

Our take

Purdue could enter 2017 as a refreshed program, with a new coach and a new style of offense, as well as one of the conference’s most productive quarterbacks. This is the first time in five years Michigan and Purdue have met; Michigan also opened its Big Ten schedule in 2012 at Purdue. Purdue could be a program on the rise, but it likely will take its lumps in its conference opener against the Wolverines.

Prediction

Michigan 41, Purdue 10

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