There are no aliens on Earth. Wolverines beat Purdue 43-22, And won the Big Ten Championship game. This means that Michigan is guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff, and it is currently in second place. The Boilermakers ran a lot of plays, but Michigan was able to stop them and win the game.
Quarterback J.J. McCarthy had a lower productivity than usual in the team’s regular-season finale against Ohio State, but he threw three touchdowns in just 17 pass attempts as the Wolverines outscored Purdue 29-9 in the second half. This showed that the Wolverines can still win even when McCarthy isn’t as productive as he usually is. Donovan Edwards helped the team win by running back 185 yards and scoring a touchdown.
Aidan O’Connell played a good game, but he made two bad mistakes that cost Purdue. The first thing that happened in the third quarter was when O’Connell intercepted a pass from Michigan’s Will Johnson. After driving three miles, Purdue was down by nine points. Then, O’Connell threw another interception, which set up a touchdown pass to Ronnie Bell. Michigan’s lead had now grown to three scores.
Michigan is one of the top teams left in the NCAA, along with Georgia. The Bulldogs and Wolverines are both really good teams, so they should easily be able to rank in the top spot. Ranks 1 and 2 after being the only top-five team to win a conference title. Everyone is looking at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine as the College Football Playoff Committee decides who Michigan will play in the playoffs.
The Big Ten Championship Game was not a coronation like Iowa’s 42-3 victory over Michigan in 2021. Purdue played a great game against Michigan, but they didn’t make enough big plays to win.
Purdue has six drives in at least eight games, an impressive feat against Michigan’s physical defense. The Boilermaker scored two touchdowns on their first drive, but the second drive ended in a fumble. Purdue decided to settle for five field goals instead of going for a touchdown. The team made three of them from 35 yards or less. Michigan scored on all four trips inside the red zone, which helped them win the game. The difference in points between the two teams ended up deciding the game.
Donovan Edwards continues to emerge
Donovan Edwards had to miss some time due to injuries, but he was not the star of the team like Blake Corum was. When Corum was not playing, Edwards showed that he can be a reliable running back for one of the best teams in the nation.
Edwards has had a lot of success running the football over the last two games, gaining over 400 yards on just 47 carries. He has also broken off runs of 85 and 60 yards, which have helped swing the games in their favor. Edwards has been a big help for Michigan’s offense, and it’s not like losing Corum is going to be a huge disaster.
McCarthy stays solid
J.J. McCarthy played a great game against Ohio State. He was important in helping Purdue win a title in the Big Ten, as he helped keep the team in competition during the first half.
McCarthy completed 11 of 17 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Ronnie Bell caught five passes from the quarterback for 67 yards. He also made some great stops with his feet, helping to extend plays. Michigan has had success running the ball for two years, but the wild card factor that could decide their chances of winning a national championship showdown against Georgia is McCarthy’s ability to make plays.
Charlie Jones should be recognized as elite
Charlie Jones was not highly-rated by many people, but he is expected to be a big player in the Big Ten Championship game. Scouts from the NFL are likely to watch this game a lot, so Charlie should be prepared for a lot of attention. Jones was amazing, catching 13 passes for 165 yards and triple the amount of yards received by his nearest teammate. Purdue needed a big play and Jones managed to make acrobatic catches around aggressive Michigan defensive backs. Jones is having a fantastic senior season and is on track to have nearly 1,400 yards receiving. Brian has had a lot of success against some of the best teams in the country, including games against Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Penn State.