Why Purdue Will Win The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
– And here comes the passing game. Rondale Moore didn’t win the Biletnikoff, but he was the best all-around receiver in college football for a passing game that hit 300 yards or more seven times, and hit 270 or more in two other games. The Auburn secondary gave up the most yards of anyone in the SEC, allowing 300 yards or more in three of the last six games and over 200 in two of those other games. Purdue finished tenth in the nation and second in the Big Ten in passing.
– It’s all about the Tiger scoring D. So far, Auburn is 6-0 when allowing teams to score fewer than 23 points, and 1-5 when it allows that many or more. The one aberration was the 28-24 win over Texas A&M, and that came only because the offense busted out the passing game late to pull it off.
Purdue’s offense was stuffed by a Michigan State defense that stalled everyone, and it didn’t get going against Minnesota or in the rain and bad conditions against Eastern Michigan. But that was about it. This quick-hitting offense should be a lock for at least 28 points, and Auburn has to keep up.
– Purdue doesn’t mess up when it gets its chances. This isn’t a team that can afford to give away points or opportunities against a team like Auburn, and it won’t. This was one of the nation’s best teams inside the red zone, scoring on 44 of 48 chances. Two of the misfires proved costly in the loss to Eastern Michigan, but other than that, the team was great at putting the biscuit in the basket.