Michigan rested and rejuvenated after bye week

Wolverines battle Purdue this week

Published On: Oct 02 2012 07:52:07 AM CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

Michigan might get some easy matchups in the lackluster Big Ten this season. The Wolverines just don't think Saturday's opener at Purdue is one of them.

The Boilermakers (3-1) are off to their best start since 2007. Their loss at Notre Dame, a three-point setback, was more impressive than Michigan's 13-6 loss on the road to the Fighting Irish.

If the slightly favored Wolverines (2-2) lose Saturday at Purdue, they will have three losses by early October for the first time since 2008 when Rich Rodriguez lost a school-record nine games in his debut as the coach at college football's winningest program. Michigan is coming off a bye, giving the team two weeks to evaluate, rest and get ready for the Boilermakers.