ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Tyler Benz #12 from Eastern Michigan University Eagles drops back to pass in the second quarter of the game against the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The pass was intercepted by Thomas Gordon #30 of the University of Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Before last weekend, hopes were up and up about the Purdue football team within Boiler Nation. But, after getting homered in Notre Dame Stadium, falling victim to the "Luck of the Irish" and losing Robert Marve to yet another ACL tear, it is no surprise that these high hopes are starting to plummet.
However, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. For Purdue, that light comes in the form of playing Eastern Michigan, a MAC team, at home this weekend. Despite a salty loss and an epic escape by Big Ten teams against the MAC in Week 1, Purdue is still expected to bring the wood this Saturday and continue to amass an impressive 2012 season, period. If they don't, Lord help us all.
In the meantime though, here is the vital information about Eastern Michigan and Saturday's game.
Opponent: Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-2, 0-1 vs. MAC)
2011 record: 6-6 (4-4 vs. MAC), No Bowl Game
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
All-time series record: 1-0 Purdue
Last meeting: September 7, 1991 - Purdue beat EMU 49-3 at home.
Ticket information: Tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased at purduesports.com. Prices range from $20 to $60, based on section. You can also buy tickets to the game at StubHub, and prices there range from $1.88 to $175.
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (All 27 PSN radio channels that will broadcast the game can be found here). According to the game notes on purduesports.com, the game will also be broadcast on Sirius Channel 113 and XM Channel 195.
Opponent blog(s): While Eastern Michigan has no blog on SB Nation, I did find a few sites that readers might find useful for all things EMU: Eagle Totem - an independent EMU sports blog, The Eastern Echo - EMU's student paper, and of course emueagles.com - EMU's official athletics website.
Weather at kickoff: Weather.com shows that Saturday's forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 75 degrees, 54% humidity and a slight 4 mph breeze from the Northeast.
Game Forecast: While Robert Marve has not yet been officially ruled out for the season, his ACL tear definitely rules him out of this weekend's game. And with Rob Henry's limited and subpar play in the first two games of the season, it looks like the weight of the offense's hopes for success rests on Caleb TerBush. While some fans are still upset that Marve was never named the starter this year, we have to rely on Caleb now anyways. Plus, he has many solid players around him to help him succeed moving forward, including an incredible defense, a solid O-Line and multiple weapons on O. Overall, Marve's injury is devastating but Purdue still has quite a talented team. It should show itself again when the Boilers come home to face Eastern Michigan.
Prediction: Purdue thirsts for blood on its home turf after suffering a heart-wrenching loss in South Bend last weekend. Unfortunately for EMU, the Boilers set their sights on the MAC team and trashes them 52-7.
Other Noteworthy Week 3 FBS Games:
- #1 Alabama @ Arkansas, Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS
- Navy @ Penn State, Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC/ESPN2
- UNC @ #19 Louisville, Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC/ESPN2
- #18 Florida @ #23 Tennessee, Saturday at 6:00 PM ET on ESPN
- #2 USC @ #21 Stanford, Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on FOX
- #20 Notre Dame @ #10 Michigan State, Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on ABC
- #14 Texas @ Ole Miss, Saturday at 9:15 PM ET on ESPN