Jumbo Heroes (4-5):
Purdue’s offense has really put things together as the season has progressed. Minnesota just fired their defensive coordinator. In Minnesota’s last game they gave up 430 yards rushing to Illinois to go along with 216 passing yards. They gave up 646 yards...to ILLINOIS...coached by Santa Lovie. That’s not great at all. Now they’re trying to fix things with a new defensive coordinator the week before playing against Jeff Brohm offensive genius? I don’t think that’s going to go well for them.
Plus, Purdue needs to win just one more game in order to be bowl eligible for the second season in a row. I think that’s going to give the team a little something extra to play for.
Purdue 42, Minnesota 28
While Minnesota has had a rough season, their offense has actually been decent and could give Purdue some trouble on Saturday. This could certainly be a high scoring affair, and Purdue is going to need at least 35-40 points to win this one.
Purdue 42, Minnesota 33
Purdue is expected to win here. We’re facing a team that just gave up 55 to Illinois and is trying to change its defense on the fly. How are they going to deal with Rondale Moore and D.J. Knox? How are they going to handle Terry Wright and Isaac Zico? What about Jared Sparks? Brycen Hopkins? Markell Jones? David Blough? Purdue has a ton of weapons right now. As always, if Blough leads an early scoring drive he’ll be off and running.
Purdue 48, Minnesota 31
With the Minnesota defensive coordinator being fired, and what seems like players not buying in to rowing the boat. This has the making for a Boilermaker blowout. Minnesota uses a plethora of freshmen on their team, including at the most important position, quarterback. Look for Purdue to bring pressure on the young quarterback and force him to make difficult throws.
Purdue 38 , Minnesota 14
Purdue should have the firepower to further expose Fleck for the fraud he is. Meanwhile, I am running out of ideas for Jumbo Heroes jokes, so let’s just say he gets beat with an oar.
Purdue 38, Iowa 20