I don’t know if you have heard, but Purdue hosts #2 Ohio State on Primetime, ABC Saturday Night. This is one of the biggest games we have hosted in recent years. Ohio State has playoff aspirations and our Boilermakers are looking to become Spoilermakers. We are also looking to extend this win streak to four and get closer to a bowl birth.
There is no hiding this, this will be an uphill battle for our Boilermakers Saturday night. Currently, Ohio State is averaging 46.3 Points Per Game, which is good for 6th in the nation. They have scored points in bunches behind a NFL talented arm on Dwayne Haskins.
While in the past, we are used to see an Ohio State Quarterback run around and make plays, this year we will see more of a pocket passing quarterback. Haskins will stand strong and sling the ball all over the field.
So, let’s break these guys down offensively by position.
Ohio State Passing Game Vs Purdue Pass Defense
- Dwayne Haskins has already passed for 2331 yards, 72% completion percentage, 28 touchdowns to 4 picks. Some are claiming he is the best quarterback in the nation, which his stats are saying he is. His wide receivers are big and speedy. Parris Campbell can blow the top off on any play. He has 43 Catches for 557 yards already. K.J. Hill is the same, he has deep threat speed but can play across the middle, he has 40 catches for 551 yards. Them you have Terry McLaurin a big, strong possession receiver. There is no hiding it, Purdue has struggled against the pass at times this year, with young defensive backs and veterans that have barely played until this season. Eastern Michigan, Missouri and Northwestern all diced us up - Nebraska as well.
Edge - Ohio State
Ohio State Running Game Vs Purdue Rush Defense
Ohio State has a two headed monster. J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber are both home run hitters and are some of the best backs in the nation. Both are averaging over 4 yards per carry and are near 500 yards a piece at the midway point of the season. While Purdue has solid, young linebackers in Derrick Barnes, Cornel Jones and Markus Bailey, I do not think they are more talented than the two headed monster O$U will bring to West Lafayette.
Edge - Ohio State
It is a tough pill to swallow, but their offense is much better than our defense. It isn’t because of coaching or anything of that manner. It is because of talent. Ohio State has much more talent then what we have to this point. Our talent is on the way or it is young. While we are on the rise defensively this year, the young defensive line, linebackers and secondary will hurt us this weekend.
Look tomorrow for the defensive breakdown. Purdue will be favored in at least one category.