Michigan football did what few expected, earning a second straight win over rival Ohio State, this time in Columbus, and in an even more emphatic fashion. But the Wolverines had to wait to see who their next opponent would be.
The Big Ten West has been an absolute disaster. Had Iowa beaten Nebraska on Friday, the Hawkeyes would have had a rematch in Indianapolis. If Purdue lost to Indiana, then Illinois would have a rematch — which assuredly no one in Ann Arbor would have wanted. But the Boilermakers beat the Hoosiers, and are Michigan’s next opponent this Saturday.
Michigan hasn’t faced Purdue since 2017 when the Wolverines won in West Lafayette. It’s the Boilermakers’ first entry into the Big Ten Championship game and the maize and blue’s second.
Purdue went 6-3 in the conference and 8-4 overall.