Purdue Football 2021: Week 1 – Oregon State

7:00 PM ET

Location

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

Weather

Forecast: 72°F, 44% chance of rain, Winds 9mph SSW

2020 Record

Purdue (2-4) 

Oregon State (2-5)

S&P+ Rankings

Purdue – 52

Oregon State – 78

All-Time Series Wins

Purdue – 0

Oregon State – 1

Ties – 0

Last Win In Series

None

October 21st, 1967 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana (22-14)

Projected Starting Lineups

Purdue

QB: Jack Plummer

RB: Zander Horvath

LT: Greg Long

LG: Spencer Holstege

C: Gus Hartwing

RG: Tyler Witt

RT: Eric Miller

WR: David Bell

WR: Jackson Anthrop

WR: Milton Wright

NT: Lawrence Johnson

DT: Branson Deen

DE: George Karlaftis

DE: DaMarcus Mitchell

OLB: OC Brothers

MLB: Jaylan Alexander

OLB: Jalen Graham

CB: Cory Trice

FS: Cam Allen

SS: Marvin Grant

CB: Dedrick Mackey

K: Mitchell Fineran

P: Jack Ansell

LS: Nick Zecchino

KR: Jackson Anthrop

PR: Jackson Anthrop

Oregon State

2020 Stat Comparison

PurdueOregon State
Offensive Points per game27.228.9
Offensive Rushing Yards Per Game82.2197.6
Offensive Passing Yards Per Game309211.3
Total Offensive Yards Per Game391.2408.9
Defensive Points per game29.833.3
Defensive Rushing Yards Per Game147.2216.7
Defensive Passing Yards Per Game254.2224.7
Total Defensive Yards Per Game401.3441.4

What to Watch For

Folks, despite the overwhelming odds, Boilermaker football is back. The Purdue faithful will dawn the old gold and black and take Ross-Ade stadium by storm after nearly two years since being able to attend a game. Purdue enters year five under Head Coach Jeff Brohm after a 2-4 record (really 3-3) in 2020. Purdue returns a high percentage of starters and depth pieces, but has key losses in Rondale Moore, Grant Hermanns, and Derrick Barnes to the NFL/graduation. Additionally the entire defensive staff changes over with from the previous season and will go back to their old 4-3 hybrid look with a few caveats, primarily in the secondary. Despite, Purdue’s Top 5 schedule nationally, the Boilers are poised to return to form that that saw in Brohm’s first two seasons. The season opens against the Oregon State Beavers and will be likely prove to be a critical towards bowl eligibility in December, so let’s jump right in.

On the offensive side the ball, the Boilers will be lead by Jack Plummer at the quarterback position and will return an arsenal of weapons in the passing game. David Bell will lead the way, but Payne Druham and Milton Wright have seen plenty of action and will force opposing defenses to pick their poison all season long. The big question on offense will be if four returning starters on the offensive line and a pair of experience running backs in Zander Horvath and King Doerue will be enough to jolt a slightly improved running game that only averaged 82.2 yards per game. Opposite the Boilermakers, will be the Beavers 3-4 defense lead by middle linebackers Avery Roberts and Omar Speights. In 2020 Roberts and Speights were the Beavers’ leading tacklers by a large margin. This will be a great test for the interior of the offensive line as they will need to deal with massive 350 lbs Nose Tackle Thomas Sio and work up to the second level to Roberts and Speights. In the secondary the Beavers lost their top corner, Nahshon Wright to the NFL draft where is he was drafted in the third round by the Cowboys and will rely on his brother and former Last Chance U star Rezjohn Wright as their top defender in the secondary. We shall see if the jump from JuCo to defending David Bell is something he can handle. Reports that the Beavers will also be missing a couple of corners that were expected to be depth pieces, with the number of receivers Purdue is capable of playing this season this could be a huge factor late in the game. As bad as Purdue’s defense was in 2020, the Beavers defense gave up nearly 40 more yards per game. The Boilers should be able to move the ball down the field tonight.

On the defensive side of the ball the Boilers return a terrific rushing tandem in defensive ends George Karlaftis and DaMarcus Mitchell. On the inside Lawrence Johnson and Branson Deen will be the starters. As a unit this will be a good test for the defensive line, and the linebackers too, as Oregon State returns all five starting offensive linemen from 2020. Leading the rushing attack will be a group of running backs who have had a limited number of snaps. BJ Baylor will likely be their primary back as Deshaun Fenwick and Trey Lowe are transfers. Baylor has 81 carries over three seasons and has averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Purdue will need to stop the run and will likely play more press-man coverage tonight than they have done since Brohm arrived, part of the new aggressive approach to the defense this year. Slinging the rock for the Beavers will be Colorado transfer Sam Noyer. In four seasons at Colorado, Noyer completed 109 passes on 201 attempts, good for 54.2% completions with 6.4 yards per attempt. The Beavers will return 4 of their top 5 receivers from 2020. Leaders from that group will be 6th year receiver Trevon Bradford and 4th year tight end Teagen Quitoriano. Quarterback play from Noyer will likely be deciding factor for the Beavers offense tonight and we will see just how aggressive this old new defense for the Boilers will be.

Typically season opener’s are expected to be low scoring affairs, but with the Brohmfense in full action and a very capable Beaver rushing attack this has all the makings of a shoot out. Biggest key for the game is if the Purdue front seven can stop the rush and get to the quarterback. But, enough with the theoreticals and predictions. Let’s Play Football.

Radio/TV

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TV: FS1

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