Missouri vs. Purdue fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Missouri (2-0) vs. Purdue (0-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Missouri Will Win
Purdue can’t stop screwing up.
It had Northwestern in trouble late … and then a penalty turned into a killer, allowing the Wildcats to ice the game.
It had Eastern Michigan done … and then a penalty allowed the Eagles to pull off the massive upset.
In all, the Boilermakers so far have been flagged 16 times for 180 yards – and no one has had more inopportune penalties.
Worse yet, the offense isn’t working. The passing game isn’t getting anything rolling down the field, there have been five turnovers, and the team isn’t putting the biscuit in the basket, walking away from too many empty trips on good scoring chances.
Meanwhile, very quietly, Missouri has been air-tight. Penalties aren’t an issue, there has yet to be an interception thrown, it’s tied for No. 1 in the country in red zone offense, and there haven’t been any problems whatsoever in easy wins over UT Martin and Wyoming.
One Reason Why Purdue Will Win
It’s never quite right or fair to say a team is a play away from this, or a big moment away from that – that’s all part of the game, but Purdue really is two plays away from probably being 2-0.
This is a rebuilding year, but it’s had chances to win. Now the team has to be sharper.
The running game has worked fine when it’s used. It’s averaging over eight yards per carry, there are weapons in DJ Knox and Rondale Moore to utilize, and the veteran quarterbacks should be able to test the Mizzou secondary that hasn’t had to worry about a thing so far.
This is a desperate team playing for its season. Get ready for the intensity at home to be there.
What’s Going To Happen
Not only will Missouri make up for last year’s 35-3 loss, but Drew Lock will make amends for going 12-of-28 for just 133 yards and two picks in the ugly blowout.
Purdue is okay, but it’s got too many missing pieces on both sides of the ball. Outside of Moore, there’s no explosion, the defense has been just okay – considering the two mediocre offenses it faced – and it just hasn’t been good enough.
Missouri has been under control and rock-solid from the start. That will carry into its first road game.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Missouri 31, Purdue 23
Line: Missouri -7, o/u: 62
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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