aOSU Predicto

The stars align poorly for Purdue this week. Our Boilers head into the horseshoe as a sizable underdog for good reason- The Bucknuts typically win their Homecoming Games plus, Tressel's only lost two straight games three times while in Columbus. Plus, the Vest surely has been reminding his squad what happened last year in Ross-Ade for much of the week.

What will happen? Here's what we think:

J says:

Purdue wins 26-18 -- I've seen this one before.

Sorry, no, I'm drunk again. Purdue makes us proud in defeat. Hard for third stringers to compete with the best big ten team money can...I mean...RECRUITING can get.

aOSU 24
Purdue 16

Tim says:

Ohio State is favored by 23. I don't think they'll win by quite that much, but I do think they'll win. In order for Purdue to pull the upset here the defense will have to play lights out. Pryor will have to be on the ground frequently, pressured into passing errors, and contained when he runs. I think that's too much to ask.

I don't think Purdue has enough of a passing game to keep Ohio State honest. If they crowd the line (which they will) and contain the run (which they will) it's going to be a long day.

A few late scores make it look closer that it will be.

aOSU 35
Purdue 17

boilerdowd says:

We haven't had to see Rob Henry in a position where he's forced to manufacture points quickly. I think we'll see that Saturday as Purdue will be playing from behind from the beginning. I think aOSU's kickoff team will score a touchdown, or come really close as the ugly ST problems we saw in the pre-conference will rear their ugly heads again.

Purdue's young defensive backfield (specifically Allen, Charlot & Eargle) has never faced receivers as fast as the Buckeye's unit. Tressel will look to establish the run early and then take advantage of the defensive backfield with deep passes...Pryor's greatest strength as a passer.

IF Kerrigan can hit Pryor early and get him thinking, 2 might be out of his game enough to start giving the game away. But, more-than-likely, I think protection will be good for the Buckeye QB for most of the day.

The Buckeyes are angry Buckeye team is great.

aOSU 34

Purdue 10

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