Four Things to Watch: Wisconsin-Purdue
College Football Chaos is still alive and present as we saw last night with Louisville going down to Houston. Who could be next on the chopping block? Wisconsin plays Purdue, and that sure would be a surprise if Wisconsin fell to the lowly, yet frisky, Boilermakers team. Wisconsin had a businessman-like effort last week, and they’re going to need it again this week. Badgers have a 10-game winning streak versus Boilermakers and have not lost in West Lafayette since 1997.
Running Game Repeat
Remember how Wisconsin ran all over Purdue last week? The same thing could happen this week. Purdue is a terrible defense against the run, and that’s bad news when facing Corey Clement, Bradrick Shaw, Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal. I’ll admit the turf situation there isn’t good, and that could slow them down a la Northwestern. Still, Wisconsin should own the ground and the clock. Look for another massive performance.
Air Raid Attack
Purdue is a little different than the other Big Ten teams because they chuck the ball versus running. Purdue runs the homeless man’s air raid, and they can put up points much better than last week’s opponent. Badgers handled Northwestern’s air attack alright, and Illinois tried to move through the air only to get picked off four times in a half. There could be a similar problem this week. David Blough has 16 interceptions on the year, and there’s only been one game where he didn’t throw a pick.
Don’t let Purdue believe
The worst thing that can happen in this game is if Purdue jumps out to an early lead, they’ll get the sense that this game is in reach for them. Let’s say Blough hits a deep ball early in the first and Wisconsin gets a quick three-and-out on offense then Purdue gets more points, all the sudden it’s 10 or 14-0 with Boilermakers believing in themselves. Crazier things have happened in college football. Badgers need to stomp on the throats early and end this before it even gets started.
Ugly Indiana Day
It’s going to be gross out there on Saturday. They are calling for wind and rain. This favors Wisconsin’s rushing attack. You can throw in the rain, but the wind tends to be a problem. Also, this could mean more fumble opportunities.
Wisconsin will have no problems with Purdue. They are in a bad place right now with their injuries, suspending four players for sexual assault accusation and just being Purdue. This team will lay down at the first sign of adversary. UW 52-14