Kirk Herbstreit likes Purdue over Michigan, Boilers expecting 50,000 Saturday and other links
ANN ARBOR -- Technically, a Purdue victory over Michigan on Saturday would go in the books as an upset.
And with that, count ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit as a member of the upset train this weekend.
As noted by Lafayette Journal and Courier writer Mike Carmin, Herbstreit chose a Purdue victory over Michigan on Wednesday during ESPN's "Mike and Mike" radio show.
He then took it one step further and said he's taking Purdue to win the Big Ten -- by itself.
”I like Purdue to win the Big Ten outright, Big Ten champions, holding up the trophy and going to the Rose Bowl," he said. "I think Purdue is now the team to beat in the Big Ten but I do like Northwestern.
“Could you imagine a Purdue-Northwestern Big Ten championship. Nothing says the state of the Big Ten like Purdue against Northwestern in the Big Ten championship in 2012, with all due respect.”
Michigan is still a three-point favorite over the Boilermakers this weekend.
Other Michigan-Purdue links:
• The Boilermakers have seen an extended attendance rise over the past few weeks at Ross-Ade Stadium, and are expecting a crowd of around 50,000 for this weekend's game vs. Michigan. (Journal and Courier)
• ESPN.com's Brian Bennett says Michigan should be on high upset-alert watch this weekend (ESPN)
• Injured Purdue running back Ralph Bolden could be ready for Michigan this weekend (GoldandBlack.com)
• More details on the status of injured quarterback Robert Marve (GoldandBlack.com)