Game 9 Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Michigan Game 9 Preview

The Michigan Wolverines are entering their most challenging month of the season. They are coming into this game off a bye, and their most recent game was a win over their in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, 49-0. Purdue is coming in off a loss to Nebraska 31-14, and they have lost five of their last six.

Michigan Wolverines 8-0 (5-0 Big Ten) vs. Purdue 2-6 (1-4 Big Ten)

Date: Saturday, November 4
  7:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: NBC
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Line: Wolverines -32.5 / O/U: 48

2023 Team Stats


2023 Record — 8-0 (5-0 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 3373 (2)
Passing Yards: 1979 (3)
Rushing Yards: 1,394 (5)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 1814 (1)
Passing Yards Allowed: 1128 (1)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 686 (3)
2023 Points Scored: 325 (1)
2023 Points Allowed: 47 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 3


2023 Record — 2-6 (1-4 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 2790 (7)
Passing Yards: 1724 (6)
Rushing Yards: 1066 (10)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 3045 (13)
Passing Yards Allowed: 1693 (11)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 1230 (11)
2023 Points Scored: 175 (7)
2023 Points Allowed: 240 (14)
2023 CFP Ranking: N/A

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Michigan 46-14-0
Current streak: Michigan has won five straight
Last Michigan win: 2022 (43-22)
Last Purdue win: 2009 (38-36)

2023 Player Stats

Michigan Wolverines

Passing: J.J. McCarthy- 132-169, 1799 yards, 18-3 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Blake Corum – 111 ATT, 605 YDS, 13 TD
Receiving: Roman Wilson – 27 REC, 446 YDS, 10 TD
Tackles: Junior Colson – 45 (17-28)
Sacks: Josaiah Stewart – 4.0
Interceptions: Mike Sainristil – 3


Passing: Hudson Card – 165-278, 1717 YDS, 8-7 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Devon Mockobee – 112 ATT, 520 YDS, 4 TD
Receiving: Deion Burke – 29 REC, 426 YDS, 5 TD
Tackles: Dillon Thieneman – 74 (52-22)
Sacks: Kydran Jenkins – 7
Interceptions: Dillon Thieneman – 3

Michigan Players To Watch:

Offense: Wide Receiver – Roman Wilson – Senior

Wilson leads the Michigan offense in receiving touchdowns with 10, and he has stepped up to be J.J. McCarthy’s favorite target. This week, they face a Purdue pass defense that ranks 11th in the Big Ten. Look for Wilson to torch the Boilermakers’ defense and make big plays for the Michigan offense.

Defense: Defensive Back – Mike Sainristil – Graduate Student

Saintristil leads the Michigan defense in interceptions, and this weekend, he will face a quarterback in Hudson Card who has thrown seven interceptions this year compared to eight touchdowns. He will cover Deion Burke, Card’s favorite target this season, so look for Sainristil to force a takeaway and get the ball back in the offense’s hands.

Bottom Line: Michigan looks to remain perfect

The Michigan Wolverines will look to continue their perfect season despite what is being said outside, and they will have to remain focused for this one; they can not look ahead to next week’s showdown on the road against Penn State against Nittany Lions team that is looking to keep their playoff hopes alive. Still, first, it’s Purdue, and the Michigan offense needs to attack the Purdue defense that ranks toward the bottom of the Big Ten.


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