Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Purdue Boilermakers season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Purdue Boilermakers
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Purdue Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
See, winning at Purdue isn’t all that hard. But doing it two years in a row …
Now is when the real work begins under Jeff Brohm.
Consider it a minor miracle that Brohm is still the head coach. Willie Taggart put together a totally mediocre season at Oregon and parlayed that into the Florida State gig. Jeremy Pruitt has never been a head coach, and now he’s the guy at Tennessee.
Brohm could’ve easily been the head man at Arkansas or Mississippi State right now and no one would’ve been stunned.
But the guy who actually won bowl games and conference championships at Western Kentucky – something Taggart can’t claim – really did do wonders for a Purdue program stuck in a rut of nine wins in four seasons.
As good as the new head guy was/is, though, there were some excellent pieces in place to work with. The defense was loaded on the front seven, and that made all of the difference.
For all of Brohm’s skills as an offensive head coach, the 2016 team actually scored more in 12 games than the 2017 version did. The O should be a little bit stronger this season, but the D has to undergo a bit of a talent overhaul.
So now we get to see what Brohm can really do. For a guy who went 30-10 in three seasons at WKU and won more Big Ten games in one season than the program did from 2013 to 2016, this should be nothing.
Brohm really is that good a head coach. But now he has to show it again.