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Purdue Football 2021: Week 10 – #6 Ohio State


3:30 PM ET

Location

Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Cap. 102,780)

Weather

Forecast: 41°F, 3% chance of rain, Winds 14mph E

2021 Record

Purdue (6-3) 

Ohio State (8-1)

S&P+ Rankings

Purdue – 43

Ohio State – 2

All-Time Series Wins

Purdue – 15

Ohio State – 40

Tie – 2

Last Win In Series

October 20th, 2018 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana (49-20)

November 2nd, 2013 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana (56-0)

Projected Starting Lineups

Purdue

QB: Aidan O’Connell

RB: Zander Horvath

LT: Greg Long

LG: Spencer Holstege

C: Gus Hartwing

RG: Tyler Witt

RT: Cam Craig

TE: Paul Piferi

WR: David Bell

WR: Jackson Anthrop

WR: Milton Wright

NT: Lawrence Johnson

DT: Branson Deen

DE: George Karlaftis

DE: DaMarcus Mitchell

OLB: Jaylan Alexander

MLB: Kieren Douglas

OLB: Jalen Graham

CB: Jamari Brown

FS: Cam Allen

SS: Marvin Grant

CB: Dedrick Mackey

K: Mitchell Fineran

P: Jack Ansell

LS: Nick Zecchino

KR: TJ Sheffield

PR: Jackson Anthrop

Ohio State

2021 Stat Comparison

PurdueOhio State
Offensive Points per game24.844.9
Offensive Rushing Yards Per Game78189.3
Offensive Passing Yards Per Game332.6352.8
Total Offensive Yards Per Game410.6446.1
Defensive Points per game18.419
Defensive Rushing Yards Per Game146.1109.1
Defensive Passing Yards Per Game185.3247.2
Total Defensive Yards Per Game331.4356.3

What to Watch For

Lightning struck twice for Purdue last week, but can it strike for a third time today? The Boilers got their second massive upset of the season and will for a second time this year face “the let down game”, where they already faltered once against Wisconsin after upsetting #2 Iowa. Unfortunately, this might be one of the toughest potential “let down game” in history against the #6 Buckeyes of Ohio State. There remains a path to ultimate Spoilermaker glory this afternoon as the Buckeyes have already lost once this season. A potentially vulnerable Buckeye secondary has Jeff Brohm and Co. licking their chops at attacking this afternoon. Let’s see how they matchup.

On the offensive side of the ball Purdue should only improve in terms personnel availability this week. Payne Durham played in extremely limited action last week, but should be available in a higher capacity this week after Garrett Miller performed phenomenally as the top Tight End last week. A massive key this week will be how the Purdue offensive line can handle the Ohio State, by and far the best DLine Purdue will face all season. Brohm will have to be on his top game scheming around the offensive line and getting the ball out of O’Connell’s hand quick. The interior will have to be especially prepared for Haskell Garrett who leads the Buckeyes in sacks and tackles for loss with 4.5 and 6 respectively. As mentioned before the one weakness in the Buckeyes this year is their secondary who gives up over 350 yards through the air. Particularly the Buckeyes are susceptible over the middle as linebackers Teradja Mitchell and Ronnie Hickman have the highest completion % of any Buckeye with significant snaps in coverage according to PFF. Look for Purdue to try to take advantage over the middle with the tight ends and the slot receiver.

On the defensive side, the Boilers will be facing the best offense in the country scoring nearly 45 points per game this season lead by redshirt freshman CJ Stroud. So far this season Stroud has completed 67% of his passes for 2,675 yards with 25 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. While Stroud is quite good, he has the benefit of having three absolute studs at wide receiver in Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The Purdue secondary will be tested to the max today, especially if they do continue to play the amount of press-man coverage that they have till this point. The Purdue defensive line will also face another extremely tough challenge containing running back TreVeyon Henderson a week after they were able to keep Kenneth Walker relatively contained. Henderson is averaging over 7.3 yards per carry this season and is quickly approaching the 1,000 yards rushing mark.

Purdue is bowl eligible for the first time in three years and have nothing to lose as the travel to Columbus to face the #6 Buckeyes. The Boilers are riding high off their second upset of the year over Michigan State Spartans. Will Jeff Brohm and Co. ride the lightning and bring Spoilermaker chaos to Columbus and kill another playoff dream? Let’s find out.

Radio/TV

Radio: Purdue Radio Network

TV: ABC

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