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Purdue vs. Indiana Old Oaken Bucket Game: How to Watch and Game Vitals

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The Boilers will invite Indiana back to Ross-Ade to try and take claim to an 8 win regular season and the old oaken bucket again.

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Let the image enrage you. That’s the Indiana football team. That’s the Old Oaken Bucket.

It’s been three long, pandemic filled years since Purdue has laid claim to the Old Oaken Bucket. For those not familiar, why are you here? But also, the Old Oaken Bucket is the prize for the winner of rivalry game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Indiana Hoosiers.

Last year’s game was cancelled due to the myriad of covid related issues. So IU has been able to enjoy the Old Oaken Bucket without worry for two years. Coming into the season, they certainly had envisioned carrying it with them to a bowl game and through the off season again.

But as the great Hoosier legend would say, NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND.

The IU football team has been nothing but awful this year. They head into West Lafayette without a Big Ten win, and only 2 on the season. They have one of the nation’s worst offenses and a program that had looked to be on the precipice of something great last year with Coach Allen is now on the verge of total collapse. Their stadium is empty on gamedays again and their scoreboard one sided towards the enemy.

For Purdue, Coach Brohm has his Boilers playing the best ball of his tenure. With a win against Indiana, they’ll move to 8-4 on the season with two top-5 upsets. They’re playing their best ball of late - especially on offense - and it’s just in time to put a final exclamation point on what’s been an excellent regular season.

But the thing about rivalry games are they mean a little more than just a win on your record. A win for IU might be slight redemption for a long season. They’ll keep the bucket and know they ruined the good mood Brohm hopes to carry into the off season.

A win for Purdue? It’ll wrap up a return to real success, and hope for the Brohm era going forward. A loss would be devastating. Frankly, they’ve been too good this season to lose to this IU team.

Purdue -15 favorites over Indiana - O/U 50 according to DraftKings.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.

It should be a beautiful day of fall football made even more beautiful with a Boiler win.

GameDay Vitals

Opponent Tennessee Volunteers (7-5)
Opponent Tennessee Volunteers (7-5)
Stadium Nissan Stadium
Capacity 69,143
Surface Grass
Mascot A dog, despite being Volunteers
Tickets $46 on Stubhub
Kickoff Time 3:00 pm EST
Online Streaming ESPN
Satellite Radio Sirius XM Channel 196
Odds Tennessee by 6 Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.
All-Time Series Purdue leads 1-0
Last Purdue Win 27-22 on 12/31/1979 in Bluebonnet Bowl
Last Tennessee Win None
SB Nation Blog Representation Rocky Top Talk
Weather Forecast 65 degrees, partly cloudy
2020 Tennesee Postseason None
Coach Josh Heupel (7-5 in first season at Tennessee. 35-13 overall)
Is the H&R Staff Attending? No