Bouncing to 1-6
Purdue will lose to OSU this weekend. I think you'd have to go back to the pre-Tiller days to find a bigger certainty. Purdue rarely beats OSU, even when the Boilermakers are damn good. And this Purdue team, make no mistake, is not damn good. Oh, sure, they've shown some flashes and you could make the argument that when you lead every single one of your games at some point, you ought to have a higher winning percentage than .170. But as we've said before, the team is more than just the POTENTIAL and the FLASHES. It also includes the downright embarrassing special teams play and questionable coaching and preparation. That all goes into a team. Yes, with a few bounces, Purdue could be 6-0, or at least 3-3. But how many "bounces"? Twenty turnovers in six games. Three and one-third turnovers PER GAME. Even bad teams will beat you if you turn the ball over that much. If Purdue doesn't turn it over and IF Purdue plays inspired and IF OSU doesn't bring their A-game and IF the Boilers get some fortuitous calls and IF Purdue gets the "bounces" and IF Bolden can somehow shred a top ten defense like he shredded Toledo.....THEN could the Boilers win? Meh, maybe. But probably not.
Kind of, not-really, but probably a blowout
I don't think it will be a blowout, but it will look like one on the scoreboard. Mental mistakes (stupid penalties, costly turnovers, dumb play-calling) will rule the day. I don't even care to analyze the game, because realistically I don't give Purdue a chance at all. Could they pull an upset if they play a perfect game? Absolutely. Ohio State is not untouchable. Will they play perfectly for more than a drive or two? I doubt it.
Ohio State 30
Get your ice cold loss!
This just in: A ticket has become available, so I'll be there. No, I still can't afford the $70 face value, but another Boiler has decided they can't bare the idea of an icy-cold loss surrounded by a bunch of goons spelling 4-letter words in unison...So I got the call. I'm always happy to watch my Boilers in person, but this one might be more of an act of love...and not enjoyable at all.
Terrelle Pryor is a flat-out lousy passer, but I don't think he'll need to throw the ball too often. Look for heaping helpings of the power-I formation from the Buckeyes...and if Purdue decides to crowd the line and go man on the outside, Pryor will find a way to hit one of his blue chips for a surprising (not to me) big pass play.
I look for aOSU's defense to score on three or four occasions more than Purdue's offense.
Where the Wabash spreads its valley, Filled with joy our voices raise.
From the skies in swelling echoes Come the cheers that tell the tale,
Of your vict'ries and your heroes, Hail Purdue! We sing all hail!
Hail, hail to old Purdue! All hail to our old gold and black!
Hail, hail to old Purdue! Our friendship may she never lack,
Ever grateful ever true, Thus we raise our song anew,
Of the days we've spent with you, All hail our own Purdue.