Trap games are just a term used to describe games that are likely wins on the schedule, but could easily be a loss if the team overlooks the opponents. Michigan has several games with the "trap" element in 2012. It actually took me a good bit of time to narrow the list down to just three teams. Obviously, the games that I listed as the toughest for Michigan were immediately excluded, but with games against Air Force, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, and Iowa, there are many games that could be traps for Michigan. Most assume that Michigan will be favored in at least 8 of its games so there is definitely a chance for at least an upset or two. Let's check out the list.
#3 - Air Force
#2 - Northwestern
#1 - Purdue
And the biggest trap game of 2012 is...Purdue? Yes, despite being Purdue, they may actually have a very capable squad for 2012. They return 16 starters and three quarterbacks with starting experience. If Purdue can survive injuries, improve its passing, and stop the run, they may even have a shot at winning the Leaders division. Once again, I know this is Purdue, but look at their schedule. Things line up very nicely for the Boilermakers in 2012, but the Michigan game is a key part of any Big Ten title run for Purdue. Besides from being important, it will also open Big Ten play for both teams. Michigan will be getting a bye week before Purdue and the Boilermakers will coming off Marshall at home. Neither team should be too beat up entering the game. Along with this, Michigan has not played very well in its last few trips to West Lafayette. That means nothing for this game, but it does make you think that Purdue might have an even better chance to win this game. After the 2012 season, this may not even look like a trap game if Purdue performs up to their potential. However, because of the way Michigan dominated them last year, the success of the two programs, and the incoming expectations, Michigan should be favored without a doubt. Even if Purdue is 3-1 or 4-0 entering the game, most people will probably not take them too seriously. But don't count the Boilermakers out. Michigan has been upset on the road several times in recent years, which will make this an even bigger test for this year's Wolverine team. These factors make this the biggest trap game of the 2012 season for Michigan.