- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan opens Big Ten play against Purdue on Saturday, and for the Wolverines it is a chance to re-establish themselves.
The nonconference schedule did not go as Michigan wanted, as the Wolverines step into October at 2-2 and with more questions than answers in the jumble of mediocrity that is the Big Ten. They also haven't shown well on the road, being blown out by Alabama and then scoring just once against Notre Dame.
So a matchup against the Boilermakers, who are playing well this season, becomes even more critical. It gives Michigan a chance to pick up a much-needed road win and also give an early push to a divisional crown.
Michael Rothstein writes in his Front Four keys to the game that Denard Robinson must get back on track and needs his O-line to sustain blocks in order to succeed against Purdue.