As we discussed on the Handsome Hour, Tiller was good at dominating the MAC, Minny, NW and IU but pooped the bed on the road, against ranked teams and esp against UM @ Ann Arbor. Hope, however, beat OSU when they were #7, won @ UM and competed well @ Oregon and vs. UND. Ah, but they lost spectacularly to Minn, NW...and a MAC team. Uh-oh.
Still, I think this team remembers how to dominate IU. And the last two senior Purdue QBs finished their Boilermaker careers by hanging 60 on the Hoosiers. Wouldn't it be great to see Joey (the Duke) do that?
He won't be quite that good, but he'll win.
I hate to say it, but the Hoosiers scare me more than I'm comfortable admitting. They've hung tough with some good teams, and they nearly beat a team (Wisconsin) that completely dominated Purdue. What does all that really mean in the end though? They're on a 4 game skid,
that should extend to 5. Purdue lost it's bowl chances last week, and I'm wondering if they'll have lost some of their fight as well.
As has been well documented this week, I doubt that the hate is really there for IU like it used to be. They've been so soft and cuddly the past few years that it's just hard to hate them.
All things considered, Purdue needs this game more than IU (even though they both have no bowling to do), so I think the Boilermakers will get it done. It will be close though.
Plain and simple: If Purdue can tackle consistently, they will win. But, if they come into the game like they did v. MSU and refuse to wrap-up, and are forced into a shootout, I think IU will finally finish-out a team. IU has big, strong receivers that can cause trouble in the open field...and their returners can cause even more havoc. On defense, IU has great DEs, a couple good linebackers and a some talent in the backfield. This is not the same IU team from '08...even if the record tells you otherwise.
I look for IU to get out in front early, possibly on the back of a special teams return for TD...but I also think Purdue will settle down, IU will shoot themselves in the foot, and "The Duke" will end up bringing the bucket back home...rather, Jaycen Taylor will bust a run or two and take advantage of IU speed upfield.
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