It was the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, when the Dr. Sir Saint Jim Delany the Great, Esquire officially bestowed his blessing and finally recognized the hatred between Purdue and Iowa, Our Most Hated Rivals (OMHR).
During his proclamation of this great rivalry, he said,
This game against Ohio State’s greatest fears highlights the best black and gold teams in the Big Ten. Nay! The country. It is a game that turns boys into Legends...and Leaders.
Believe me. He said that. You can believe everything you read on the internet.
And since that proclamation, Purdue and OMHR have been battling it out fiercely on the gridiron. Danny Hope adopted the rivalry, but came up short in the first meeting in Ross-Ade. But the following year, the falling general mounted a valiant effort to seek revenge, tearing out Hawkeye hearts in front of thousands of mourning Iowa women and children.
Then nothing happened between 2013 and 2016.
But in 2017, a savior came to Purdue from beyond the Ohio River. Though his soldiers were defeated in previous battles having lost brave men, General Brohm took his men into Iowa City, and shocked the Hawkeyes like George Washington on Christmas Day. OMHR vowed their revenge the next year, but Private Spencer Evans kicked away their hopes and dreams into the voids of the Wabash River.
Now, General Brohm once again leads his troops into Iowa City. And just like the 2017 game, he enters the land of mediocre corn with a smaller army due to casualties. Does Purdue pull off the hat trick, or will OMHR get their revenge? We shall find out this Saturday at high noon.
- Opponent: Iowa Hawkeyes
- Current Record: 4-2, 1-2 Big Ten West
- Stadium: Kinnick Stadium; FieldTurf; Capacity of 69,250
- Tickets: Starting at $85 on StubHub, Starting at $84 on SeatGeek (fees included)
- TV and Kickoff: ESPN2, 12:00 PM EDT
- Online Streaming: Watch ESPN
- Satellite Radio: Sirius XM Channel 84
- Odds: Iowa 18 point favorite
- All-Time Series: Purdue leads 48-38-3
- SB Nation Blog Representation: Black Heart Gold Pants
- Weather Forecast: Upper 60s, chance of rain
- 2018 Iowa Record: 9-4, 5-4 Big Ten West
- 2018 Iowa Postseason: Beat Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl
- Iowa Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz (156–103 at Iowa, 168–124 overall)