No slump-busting SBF needed this week as the Boilers are coming off of a victory that stopped a two-game slide. But, can the Boilers keep a good thing going in spite of their woes under Tiller in the month of October?
The weather forecast doesn't look too good heading into tomorrow's contest between our Boilers and the 5-3 Northwestern Wildcats. In the past, Northwestern was more of a run-first spread option, sloppy, wet conditions used to favor those clad in purple. This season though, it's not the case since Purdue's offense is extremely balanced, especially with the re-emergence of one tough S.O.B., Jaycen Taylor...so, what will happen tomorrow in God's Country?
Here are our predictions:
Cold. Rainy. Sucky offenses. Purdue eeks one out.
I think Purdue's balance, and specifically an ever-healthier Jaycen Taylor will help Purdue control the game and put Northwestern in a position which they have to do some things they don't want to do. I think Purdue's lack of depth at free safety is a big concern, and might come into play during this one. But, Purdue's defensive front seemed to have pressure on Iowa all last week and should be able to do the same again this week since NW's offensive line isn't one of the biggest they'll face this season. I also think the Boilers' offensive line will control the trenches on the other side of the ball. On top of that, Northwestern has one of the worst kickoff coverage teams in the nation...Purdue is one of the best while returning the ball...look for Bryant and/or Tardy to make their mark on this game quickly. The 40-point rule is in effect this week as the Boilers roll and beat their first winning-record team in two seasons.