Bowl hopes are on the line even as most of the nation watched Notre Dame at Miami. Shoot, even that will likely be on my main TV as I try to achieve marital bliss, but rest assured, Purdue-Northwestern will still be up on my laptop.
And it is a big game for Purdue. With northwestern being ranked in the top 25 of the playoff rankings it gives us a good chance at our first victory over a ranked team in six years. The Wildcats, of course, are on an incredible hot streak of three straight overtime wins, so it won’t be easy.
More importantly, a victory gives Purdue a shot at a bowl game going into its final two games, where a 50/50 split assures a 13th game. Purdue is playing football with a little more confidence after beating Illinois at home last week, so maybe it will carry over as Elijah Sindelar returns to the starting lineup.
Northwestern Game Day Vitals
|Current Record||6-3, 4-2 B1G West|
|Last Game||Won at Nebraska 31-24 (OT)|
|Mascot||A cat, meoooow|
|Tickets||Starting at $11 on StubHub|
|Starting at $9 on SeatGeek|
|Kickoff Time||7:00 PM EST|
|Satellite Radio||Sirius XM Channel 84|
|Odds||Northwestern 5 point favorites|
|All-Time Series||Purdue leads series 50-30-1|
|Current Win Streak||3 Northwestern (2014-2016)|
|Last Purdue Win||20-17 on October 9th, 2010 in Evanston|
|Last Northwestern Win||45-17 on November 12th, 2016 in West Lafayette|
|SB Nation Blog Representation||Inside NU|
|Weather Forecast||Temperatures in upper 30s, 40% chance of precipitation|
|2016 Northwestern Record||7-6, 5-4 B1G West|
|2016 Northwestern Postseason||Defeated Pittsburgh 31-24 in Pinstripe Bowl|
|Coach||Pat Fitzgerald, 12th year w/ 83-65 record, same overall CFB record|