Northwestern vs. Purdue Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Northwestern vs. Purdue fearless prediction and game preview.
Northwestern (6-3) vs. Purdue (4-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 11th
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
You have to watch this game.
Forget Miami-Notre Dame. Forget TCU-Oklahoma. This is the one you have to go out of your way for.
It’s going to go to overtime.
Northwestern set an NCAA record playing three straight overtime games and winning them all, beating Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska.
There’s still a desperate outside shot at going to the Big Ten Championship – Wisconsin would have to lose its last three games – but at least the Wildcats are bowl eligible with a reasonable shot at a ten-win season with Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois to close before the 13th game.
Purdue is still in the fight for a bowl game, needing to win two of its last three games with a trip to Iowa next week with Indiana to close. Lose to Northwestern, though, and it’ll be next to impossible.
One Reason Why Purdue Will Win
For all the good things the Northwestern offense is doing, it just can’t seem to convert a third down try on a regular basis.
It was good against Maryland, and it shockingly kept things moving against Michigan State, but it converted just 4-of-16 tries against Iowa and was stuffed by Nebraska, converting 1-of-11 chances.
Purdue’s defense isn’t anything amazing, but it’s good at getting off the field, allowing teams to convert just 34% of their chances.
The D has to rise up to make up for a Purdue offense that might struggle a bit because …
One Reason Why Northwestern Will Win
Boilermaker starting quarterback David Blough is out for the season after injuring his leg against Illinois.
Elijah Sindelar has been worked into the fold, and he should be ready to go and be okay, but Blough was the better of the two.
On the other side, Northwestern RB Justin Jackson is about to hit the 100-yard mark, because that’s what he does against Purdue.
As a freshman, he came up with 147 yards and two scores. He followed it up with 116 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore, and cranked up 127 yards and two scores as a junior.
The Purdue defense has been solid against the run, and it’ll load up to keep Jackson from hitting the mark again, but Clayton Thorson – two picks against Nebraska, and all – is playing well, too.
What’s Going To Happen
Again … it’s going to go to overtime, because that’s what Northwestern does.
Purdue’s defense will be just good enough to keep this close against a Northwestern offense that doesn’t explode, but the offense won’t be able to answer in OT.
Thorson will rise up in the fourth quarter with a late rally to force the extra frame, and he’ll barrel in for a one-yard touchdown to take the lead, and the NU D will hold.
Northwestern vs. Purdue Prediction
Northwestern 27, Purdue 20 OT
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