Brendan Sorsby- Quarterback
1,361 Yards: 12 TD: 2 INT: 62.3 QBR (62nd)
Trent Howland- Running back
68 carries: 317 yards: 2 TD: 4.7 AVG
Donaven McCulley- Wide Receiver
43 Receptions: 596 YDS: 5 TD: 13.9 AVG
Aaron Casey- Linebacker
69 Solo: 5.5 sacks: 2 FF
College football finishes off the regular season this week with a slew of rivalry games. I keep seeing everyone talking about “The Game” for this weekend referencing Michigan and Ohio State but I think I speak for everyone when I say the battle of the 3 and 8’s is really the game everyone will be tuning into. Okay, obviously I’m being sarcastic as both teams have struggled this season and sit at the bottom of the Big Ten right now.
Purdue of course is in a rebuilding year and I think we all knew there were going to be some growing pains. If we can get the win against our rival and keep the Old Oaken bucket along with securing 4 wins for the season, I think it’ll be a good building block heading into the off-season.
Indiana on the contrary is on their 7th full year with head coach Tom Allen and the fan base seems to have seen enough. He’s holds a 33-48 overall record at IU.
Purdue is coming off a lost to Northwestern last week where they were without Card. They had trouble getting anything going offensively again struggling in short yard situations. After such a big offensive showing against Minnesota it felt like another step back for the Boilers. Purdue’s defense has made some strides this season and I think they’ll be able to contain Indiana’s offense, a team that comes in at 103rd in the nation in offensive efficiency.
Purdue hasn’t been great at times but Indiana is just not a good football team and it’s definitely one the Boilers can get. If Purdue can get Mockobee and Tracy Jr. going on the ground and take care of the football I like their chances of closing out the season with a win. Of course anything can happen and this one will probably be some ugly football at times but hey we are playing for bragging rights and no matter how this season has been it always feels good to beat that team from down south.
This will be the 125th time Purdue and Indiana play for the Old Oaken Bucket with Purdue leading the series 76–42–6.