Iowa vs. Purdue fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 3
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Iowa (6-2) vs. Purdue (4-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
It’s a whole lot of fun to watch the Purdue passing game when it’s rolling, but the secondary is giving up big plays just as quickly.
Fine, so Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins threw for 470 yards in Purdue’s amazing 49-20 win a few weeks ago. It took him 73 passes to get there, and he’s a future NFL franchise-caliber prospect.
But last week against Michigan State, the Boilermaker secondary was hit hard by Rocky Lombardi, who threw for 318 yards and two scores in his first start.
On the year, Purdue has allowed 300 yards or more through the air in five of the last seven games, and now it has to face Nate Stanley after struggling the last two weeks.
He had to deal with the wind and bad conditions in the win over Maryland, and then he got banged up and couldn’t do anything consistently well against Penn State. He threw for 205 yards, but he only completed 37% of his passes with two picks.
Stanley’s banged up thumb is okay, and now, look out.
One Reason Why Purdue Will Win
Even with an awful game against Michigan State – with three interceptions and too many misfires – David Blough and the Purdue passing game weren’t miserable.
Blough threw for 277 yards, which wasn’t nearly enough in the 23-13 loss, but at least there was still a little bit of production.
Now, Blough has thrown for 277 yards or more in each of the last six games, and at home he’s been magnificent. It’s time to start bombing away again on an Iowa defense that held down a banged up Trace McSorley, and held down Maryland, but gave up 205 passing yards or more in four straight games before that.
Iowa hasn’t faced a whole slew of great passing teams, but Purdue is a whole different animal, and it should be productive from the start.
At the very least, Purdue will keep the pressure on all game long. The defense might have its issues, but Blough should make up for them.
What’s Going To Happen
The Big Ten title is still in the mix for the winner. Purdue needs to keep winning hope Northwestern loses twice, and Iowa needs to keep winning and hope Wisconsin loses another game.
Purdue might be good at home, but it’s about to face an Iowa defense that’s just this side of being as strong as Michigan State’s.
Stanley will be back in a groove again after last week, and he’ll be able to keep up the pace in a bit of an interesting firefight between the two passing teams.
Iowa will pull this off, setting up a showdown against Northwestern for what might be the Big Ten West title – or play a big role in it.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Iowa 27, Purdue 23
Line: Purdue -3, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3.5
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