Offense needs to find new gear

Fitzgerald Toussaint had a field day against Purdue in 2011, posting 170 yards and two TDs. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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.