It’s been a long football season with lots of ups and downs. Unfortunately, there have been more downs than ups. What does the staff think will happen at the IU game?
Jumbo Heroes (5-6):
I need this one to be bowl eligible and I think I can do it. Purdue is a 5 point favorite according to Draft Kings and given what I’ve seen from these two teams I honestly have no idea if that’s right or not. Purdue could go for 49 points or they could struggle to score the ball at all. Right now it appears that both Card and Scourton will play for the Boilermakers which, if I had known last week when I made a prediction that they weren’t going to play I wouldn’t have picked Purdue.
There’s no bowl game on the line here for either team. Nothing but pride and the Old Oaken Bucket. Which is no small thing. The IU defense is suspect and has problems in the secondary. Plus, like a lot of teams they will have trouble up front blocking Scourton and Kydran Jenkins. I think that should be able to slow down the IU offense just enough for Purdue to pull off the victory.
Neither team is fighting for a bowl so this one is all about bragging rights, showing out for recruits in attendance and trying to end the season with 4 wins in Coach Walters first year. This one may go ugly early in terms of there will probably be some boneheaded play calls by both teams and just bad football at times. Fortunately I think Purdue has the better team overall here and their defense did a decent job at Northwestern last week and IU doesn’t have a great offense. If they can do all the little things and get Tracy Jr. And Mockobee involved early I think Purdue gets the win for the last game of the season.
Jed (7-4*) (Jed went in and changed his prediction after the news of Card and Scourton being out was released. So I’ll give him the victory but it shall forever have an asterisk.)
Purdue is going to need their best available players to play in hopes of keeping the Bucket at Purdue. Keeping both trophies that is going to be something Walters could hang his hat on with this season in a tough first year that was full of injuries and growing pains.
IU’s only big play threat is Jaylin Lucas so Purdue can’t allow him to beat them with bad punts and poor defensive lapses. If that happens, Purdue should win this game.
One of these teams will get a little bit of momentum going into the offseason. I think the home crowd gives Purdue the edge to get to 4-8.
I’m going to assume the depth chart is accurate and Purdue is not without Card and Scouton. If they are both available, Purdue has too much for the Hoosiers.
The Boilermakers establish the run early, and Card keeps the chains moving on 3rd down. Flush last week from your brain and think back to the Minnesota game. That’s the offense I expect tomorrow.
IU found something in the passing game last week but I don’t believe it’s sustainable. Purdue gets pressure on the QB, forces more turnover than they commit, and finish the long season on a positive note.
I agree with the oddsmakers that this one’s gonna stay within a score, but I see it being a little higher scoring than the over/under given that Purdue’s defense has struggled with QB’s like Indiana’s Brendan Sorsby who can use his legs as a bigger guy (6’3” 230 pounds) and that Hudson Card is listed as probable, Mockobee and Tracy should be good to go.
I’ll take Purdue to keep the trophy in West Lafayette. Final score:
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