Who: Missouri Tigers vs. Purdue Boilermakers
When: Saturday September 15, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
How: Big Ten Network
Odds: Missouri -6.5
West Lafayette – The Purdue Boilermakers and Head Coach Jeff Brohm are home for a third straight week, and their second night game in three weeks as they take on the Missouri Tigers. The Boilers easily handled the Tigers last year in Columbia 35-3, but what a difference a year makes. The Boilers are looking to rebound from an 0-2 start, after two critical end of game penalties led to losses. Coach Brohm has had enough of penalties stating,
“We’re going to make sure from here on out, everyone is held accountable ever step they make 24 hours a day….if we get guess getting 15-yard penalties from here on out, they’re out of the game”
The Boilermakers have a lot of things they need to get fixed. Mainly penalties and turnovers. They turned the ball over twice against Eastern Michigan and three times against Northwestern; currently -4 in turnover margin. Coach Brohm said this week that there could be some changes coming to the offensive line this week to help with the vertical passing game, something that’s been lacking. The Boilers need one of their two quarterbacks to take control, as the two QB system is under year two. David Blough and Elijah Sindelar currently combine for 44 of 70 405 yards, two touchdowns, and three intersections.
Luckily last week against Eastern Michigan the Boilers were able to run the ball well, as D.J. Knox and Markell Jones were big pieces in a nearly 400 yard rushing attack. The Tigers of Missouri rank 42th in the nation against the pass, only giving up 171.5 yards per game, and 28th in the nation against the run only giving up 91 yards per game. Its going to be important for Purdue when they have the ball to get the run game going to keep Missouri’s defense honest.
Throwing the ball for Missouri is Drew Lock. On the season Lock is 52 of 70 687 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions. Something extremely lacking on the defense side of the football for Purdue is getting pressure on the quarterback. The Boilers got some pressure against Eastern Michigan, but not when they needed it. Against Northwestern, Purdue got virtually nothing. Along with that there has been some questionable secondary play the first two weeks of the season, as Purdue tanks 107th in the country against the pass.
Missouri is more of a pass first offense, as they have a total of 362 yards of rushing for the season. Purdue will need to continue to stop the run, as they rank 44th in the nation at an average of 117 yard allowed per game. Purdue has shown flashes that it can be good on defense, only giving up 20 points over the last six quarters compared to 31 in the first two. Purdue’s Antonio Blackmon and Tim Cason are going to have their hands full as Missouri’s Emanuel Hall and Johnathon Johnson already have double digit receptions on the season. Hall also has 342 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
It’s hard to say that the third game of the season is already looking at a must win, but for Purdue it seems that way. With the Boilers having the fifth toughest schedule in the nation, there is no room for error. That’s amplified ten fold now that the Boilers are 0-2 on the season.