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Purdue vs. Louisville Predictions

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Can the Boilermakers pull off an upset to start the year?

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Purdue
“How many times until we’re back home?”
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Guess who’s back? Back again? Jumbos back, tell a friend. Guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back. DADADADADADADA

I know you’ve all missed me. Heck, I’ve missed me. Not to make this post all about me, but I am the one writing it so I can do what I want.

With Purdue football starting back up it’s time to get back to some predictions. Before we do that though let’s take a look at our records from last year. Kudos to Juan for gathering this data from last year’s posts. I’m sure it helps that he had the best record.

Juan: 11-1
Casey: 9-3
Ledman: 8-4
Jack: 8-4
Travis: 7-5
Kyle: 7-5
Drew: 6-5
Holmes: 5-7
Rob: 4-7
Purdue: 3-9

As the Brohm era starts I want to point you to The Legend’s article from earlier in the week if you haven’t read it yet. It says a lot of things I’ve been thinking about all summer. How do you measure success in Brohm’s first season at Purdue? As depressing as this sounds, you’re not going to be able to measure it in wins and losses. Through no fault of Brohm, or the players, Purdue will be vastly outmatched in most of their games this year. I say it’s no fault of the players because when you say something like this it tends to sound like you’re saying the players are crap, but that’s not at all what I’m saying.

To illustrate my point I want to use a bit of an analogy. I’m 5’6 and roughly 140 pounds. I’m not supremely athletic but I can hold my own against normal folks. The only thing I really have going for me is great endurance. If while I was in college the head football coach offered me a full scholarship to join the football team I would jump on the chance. I wouldn’t question whether the coach was making the correct decision for the team, that’s not my issue, that’s his issue.

So as we look at Purdue vs. Louisville I honestly can’t name a position or even a positional grouping where Purdue has the advantage. That’s problematic. If Purdue gets blown out tomorrow it won’t tell us much about how the rest of the season will go, but if they win it would show what is possible. Purdue is in a win-win position tomorrow, even if they don’t, ya know, actually win.

Purdue 21
Louisville 45

The Legend Says:

Purdue puts up a fight, at least on the scoreboard, to start the season. Louisville has way to many weapons for the short handed Purdue defense, but Purdue asks a few questions a Louisville defense that was exposed at the end of last year, lost some its best talent, and are breaking in a new D.C.

Purdue 21
Louisville 49

T-Mill Says:

The Jeff Brohm era begins on the big stage in Indianapolis with a national broadcast. We’re probably fodder for a blowout, but I cannot help but get excited at the half a percent chance Purdue surprises everyone with a win. We certainly have no business doing so. Louisville was light year better last season, but I believe in Brohm. He is at least saying and doing all the right things. I think I will be happy as long as it is different from Hazell’s debut and the 42-7 embarrassment in Cincinnati. If Purdue has the game in doubt in the third quarter I think most fans will be happy.

Louisville 49
Purdue 24

Holmes Says:

Redacted due to a joke that people didn’t find funny.

Louisville 49

Purdue 35

Juan Says:

I have this weird feeling...somewhere around my gut...I think it's optimism? For Purdue football? Weird.

Anyways, as confident as I feel in Brohm bringing Purdue out of the B1G basement, I don't think it will happen this weekend in Indianapolis. I think Purdue will upset an opponent this year, but I don't think it's going to be Louisville. If Lamar Jackson comes down with the plague before the game, we might have a chance. But I think he is going to do unthinkable things to the defense, possibly violate the 8th amendment, and the offense won't be able to keep up.

Purdue 30
Louisville 52

Casey Says:

I like Brohm a lot. I think he's going to be great. But it takes more than a game to get that Hazell stink off. This will be slaughter. 48-20' if not no biggie.

Louisville 48
Purdue 20