Purdue Football 2020: Week 6 Matchup Preview – Rutgers

Kick Off

5:00 PM ET

Location

Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana (Cap. 57,236)

Weather

Forecast: 48°F, 0% chance of rain, Winds 8mph SW

2020 Record

Purdue (2-2) 

Rutgers (1-4)

S&P+ Rankings

Purdue- 46

Rutgers- 104

All-Time Series Wins

Purdue- 0

Rutgers – 1

Ties – 0

Last Win In Series

None

October 21st, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey (14-12)

Projected Starting Lineups

Purdue

QB: Jack Plummer

RB: Zander Horvath

LT: Grant Hermanns

LG: Spencer Holstege

C: Sam Garvin

RG: DJ Washington

RT: Will Bramel

WR: David Bell

WR: Rondale Moore

WR: Milton Wright

NT: Lorenzo Neal

DE: Branson Deen

DE: Anthony Watts

OLB: DaMarcus Mitchell

ILB: Derrick Barnes

ILB: Jaylan Alexander

OLB: Jalen Graham

CB: Cory Trice

FS: Cam Allen

SS: Brennan Thieneman

CB: Dedrick Mackey

K: JD Dellinger

P: Brooks Cormier

LS: Nick Zecchino

KR: Marcellus Moore

PR: Zander Horvath

Rutgers

2020 Stat Comparison

PurdueRutgers
Offensive Points per game26.529.6
Offensive Rushing Yards Per Game79127.8
Offensive Passing Yards Per Game320.8232.4
Total Offensive Yards Per Game399.8360.2
Defensive Points per game26.236.8
Defensive Rushing Yards Per Game145.5174.4
Defensive Passing Yards Per Game259.0264.8
Total Defensive Yards Per Game404.5439.2

What to Watch For

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room, last week’s atrocious OPI call changed the result of the game. Plain and simple. Nobody likes when officials determine the outcome of a game, doesn’t matter which sport. Nobody likes on it. Last week’s call pissed on the game of college football, it pissed on the Big Ten conference, and of course it pissed on Purdue. Let’s be clear, that is unacceptable, and I’m sure Jeff Brohm let the conference here it privately. The Big Ten issued no statement on the officiating call on the game which means the conference continues it’s streak of incompetence and pissing all over itself. So I will digress.

Purdue never should’ve been in a situation where the game was taken out of their hands and that is on the team and the staff. The defense was non-existent until Minnesota started to play conservative. That cannot be the case this week against Rutgers. Rutgers offense has quite a few sneaky weapons. At QB the Scarlet Knights will trot out Noah Vedral, who while he isn’t a premiere QB he can make some moves on his feet and is solid in the nickel and dime game. Where I have seen his flaws is in his decision making on scrambles. Purdue’s pressure in the front seven was non-existent last week, and that was with George Karlaftis, who is now out for the rest of the regular season. Purdue will need to dial up some blitzes and get creative without the Greek freak. At running back, Rutgers Isaih Pacheco, who is very much in a similar mold of former Purdue back DJ Knox. Pacheco can be dangerous and is really solid at making defenders miss. Purdue will need to bring their tackling shoes today. At wide receiver Bo Melton will be the biggest threat. Cory Trice will have to be all over him.

On defense Rutgers is a very aggressive team and I mean very aggressive. Rutgers will bring the heat constantly and Purdue will need to be prepared mentally on the offensive line and the backs will need to be ready to pick up Blitz. Because of Rutgers over aggressiveness at some points, good OC’s start to pick up on it and run more traps and counters get linebackers flowing the wrong direction. This is part of Purdue’s game that I have seen in the past that hasn’t happened all that much this season. This will be the game for Jeff Brohm and Co. to break those tactics out.

Let’s be real here for a second, a win today set’s Purdue back on path to finish the season above .500 and potential for a bowl game (if they happen). But Rutgers is a squad with a lot of momentum as a program, very similar to Purdue in 2017 in my opinion. This is not your father’s Rutgers anymore, they have confidence despite a tough OT loss to Michigan last week. A third straight loss would be almost unthinkable. Purdue will need to be ready to play today and play hard.

Radio/TV

Radio: Purdue Radio Network

TV: FS1

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