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College Football Recap
Sunday, 2007 October 14 - 8:10 pm
Michigan 48, Purdue 21. N.C. State was idle.

Michigan 48, Purdue 21. This game was a blowout, pure and simple. It was close for a while in the first half, thanks to a fumble by Chad Henne deep in Michigan territory, but Michigan proceeded to go up 48-7 before Purdue scored a couple of touchdowns in the final minute of the game.

Mike Hart had 102 yards rushing before leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury. (The injury seemed minor; Hart is likely to return next week against Illinois.) Chad Henne was 21 of 28 for 264 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. I don't know if Michigan deliberately set out to answer criticisms about being too conservative on offense, but they turned to the passing game early and often against Purdue's shaky secondary. Mario Manningham had a career-best 147 yards receiving.

On defense, Michigan stuffed Purdue's running game, holding them to 39 yards. The defense also forced four turnovers.

With the win, Michigan has re-entered the AP top 25. The team has really come a long way since the 0-2 start.

Other News

#1 LSU was the latest highly-ranked team to suffer an upset, falling to #11 Kentucky 43-37 in overtime.

#2 Cal failed to move up to #1 after being upset by unranked Oregon State. The top two teams lost in the same week... this has really been a crazy year.

#3 Ohio State moved up to #1 after whacking lowly Kent State 48-3. Is Ohio State a legitimate #1 team? I don't think so; they really haven't really played anyone. Washington and Purdue seemed like quality wins at the time, but Washington is now 2-4 and Purdue has been shown up in the last two weeks.

#4 Boston College moved up to #3 after a workmanlike victory over Notre Dame. Notre Dame is now 1-6. BC doesn't really seem like a #1 team either; they won't really prove anything until playing Virginia Tech next week.

#5 South Florida jumped up to #2, beating Central Florida 64-12. South Florida might be the most legitimate of the top teams, having knocked off Auburn and West Virginia. Unfortunately for South Florida, the Big East seems to be pretty weak this year, and a one-loss team could overtake them in the polls by the end of the year.

#14 Arizona State remains undefeated after beating Washington 44-20. ASU is looking like a solid contender in the Pac 10; it seems like they deserve to be ranked higher than #12 this week.

Penn State pounded #19 Wisconsin 38-7. It's hard to believe anyone ever thought Wisconsin was really a top ten team.

Iowa beat #18 Illinois 10-6. Maybe Illinois was a little overhyped... they looked good in some games, but I don't think they have the horses to win consistently. If Michigan plays to its potential next week (a big "if", granted), they should dispatch Illinois easily.

Michigan State walloped Indiana 52-27. Perhaps MSU will avoid its perennial mid-season meltdown this year.

Western Michigan got back on track, beating Northern Illinois 17-13. WMU quarterback Tim Hiller now has over 3000 passing yards for his career.
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Comment #1 from John C (Guest)
2007 Oct 15 - 10:22 pm : #
maybe Illinois was looking ahead...
Comment #2 from Brett (Guest)
2007 Oct 17 - 2:18 am : #
Go Broncos!

And welcome back U of M. With all the upsets going on, Michigan could still end up with a pretty good ranking. Hope the ankle injury doesn't affect Hart's shot at the Heisman.

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