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Michigan vs Purdue: Michigan Is Poised to Enter the College Football Playoff - Can Purdue Upset Them?

Written by: Richard Janvrin
Updated December 2, 2022
11 min read
Michigan vs Purdue Predictions

The Big Ten Championship will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Facing off are the Michigan Wolverines and Purdue Boilermakers. 

This game takes place one week after Michigan handled business against Ohio State. 

Michigan is poised to enter the College Football Playoff—can Purdue upset them?

Let’s dive in.

Michigan vs. Purdue Best Bets

Pick: Michigan -16.5 (-118) at FanDuel

Michigan is going to win and cover here. The only question that remains in this game is the status of Wolverines running back Blake Corum. Last week against Ohio State, Corum had just two carries, but fellow running back Donovan Edwards had well over 200 yards and two scores. 

The Boilermakers have a solid run defense, allowing less than four yards per carry and 128.8 rushing yards per game.

However, Purdue hasn’t faced a team like Michigan and how they run the ball. Remember, Corum is still up for Heisman contention, so it’s in his best interest to keep playing for the award. 

The Boilermakers do have quarterback Aidan O’Connell who’s thrown for over 3,000 yards this year, but the Michigan defense allows only 177 per game. 

The only hope the Boilermakers have to cover is to stop this run game, which is too tall of a task. 

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Pick: Under 52 (-110) at Caesars

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The Wolverines will score points here, but we struggle to find many ways that Purdue does outside garbage time. O’Connell is a fine passer, but the only threat on offense is wide receiver, Charlie Jones. 

He’ll be the sole focus of a Michigan defense that allows only 177 passing and 84.8 rushing yards per game. 

The Wolverines win this one, 34-10. 

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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

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