Jumbo Heroes (3-3):
I want to believe. I really do. I love this team. I love this school. Ohio State just has such a fantastic offense. This Ohio State team has weapons at nearly every position on offense. Purdue’s best hope is that the Purdue defense can find a way to take advantage of some of the injuries and troubles that Ohio State has had on the offensive line. If Purdue can find a way to pressure the QB it certainly will make the game quite a bit different. However, a non-manufactured pass rush hasn’t been the strength of this Purdue defense.
On the offensive side of the ball Purdue succeeds with chunk plays and Ohio State has had a penchant for giving up chunk plays. If Purdue can find a way to get the ball to Rondale Moore in space it will really challenge the O$u defense and could open things up for the run game. Purdue’s best shot at victory could be if this game turns into a shootout. I want this game so badly not just for me but for Tyler Trent. I can’t imagine what that kid is going through and I would love it if this team could provide him some additional joy as he fights the hardest fight of his life. As I said at the start, I want to believe. At this moment I just don’t think this Purdue team is ready.
Purdue 31, Ohio State 42
The Spoilermaker Special works best when we catch teams off guard. Unlike 2009, I think we have Ohio State’s attention this time and they’ll take us seriously (unfortunately). Purdue puts up a fight in the first half and at least covers, but OSU pulls away in the 2nd half. Don’t worry, if OSU beats us badly, at least Urban Meyer will deny it.
Purdue 28, Ohio State 40
It’s the two best offenses in the conference facing off, and both defenses have been questionable. Ohio State has given up a lot of big plays and Purdue excels at big plays. This could be a formal national coming out party for Rondale Moore. What if he goes for 400 all-purpose yards with a kickoff return TD, a decent punt return, and 150 yards receiving with two touchdowns? The Buckeyes have more talent and that offense looks unstoppable. I think we see a lot of fireworks, but Ohio State pulls away late.
Purdue 35, Ohio State 45
The Boilers are rolling. Blough has the keys to an explosive offense. The defense is starting to look a lot like last years. They’re bending without breaking and getting sacks and turnovers when they need them most. But. I worry about the defense holding up against an offense as balanced and explosive as the Buckeyes. As well, will Ohio State’s speed be too much for Brohm to plan round to keep getting Purdue’s receivers open downfield? Also, when was the last time Purdue won a prime time game? Brohm will have a big upset this year in the Big Ten, but I don’t think it’s happening this week. Buckeyes are too strong top to bottom and they’ll pull away late in the fourth quarter.
Purdue 17, Ohio State 33
Purdue needs to win 3 of our last 6 to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately, with this balanced offensive attack and overly talented defense, I don’t see us getting one of those wins this week.
Haskins will prove to be too much, as our pass rush will not get to him enough. Also, I think the run game struggles after a good week vs Illinois. I would be so happy if we did win, but I don’t see it.
Purdue 24, O$U 38
This is one those times when everyone is either calling an upset or talking about the possibility. Well, one thing I’ve learned in my 29 years of watching sports (do babies watch sports...maybe 27 years) is that those upsets rarely happen, because the favored team is on high alert and playing their best. So, I’m going with the away team on this one, even though it hurts my heart. This week, Jumbo Heroes picks a twitter fight with an OSU superfan, then on Sunday morning opens his door to a balding man in a Herbstreit jersey with a Brutus forearm tattoo. By the time ole JH comes to, he’s missing two teeth, and Mrs. JH has avenged him and made a citizen’s arrest.
Purdue 34, OSU 38