West Lafayette – Another week, another huge match up for the Purdue Boilermakers This week the Boilermakers will face their highest ranked opponent of the season in the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers. Purdue has been downright awful when they have played Wisconsin, losing 11 straight. Purdue will need something interesting play calls, and big opportunities to get the massive upset.
Who: Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers
When: Saturday October 14,2017 3:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Randall Stadium Madison Wisconsin
How: Big Ten Network
Line: Purdue -17
Offensively the Badgers continue to do what the Badgers had done for better than a decade, run the ball and run it effectively. Wisconsin is currently ranked 16th in the nation running the football, and they are led by talented freshman Johnathan Taylor. Taylor has 767 yards on 97 rushes (7.9 ypc) and nine touchdowns. Taylor continues a long legacy of productive running backs for the Badgers. With such an effective rushing offense, it’s no wonder that Wisconsin ranks 4th in the nation in time of possession. While the Badger passing offense has left something to desire, it has been somewhat effective. The passing offense ranks 84th in the nation, but with a rush offense as good as Wisconsin’s they don’t need to throw it as often.
Slinging the football for Wisconsin is Alex Hornibrook. Hornibrook is currently 69 of 107 (64%), 1,011 yards, 10 touchdowns, and four interceptions. As mentioned before Hornibrook will not go and win a ton of games, but he does a good job of not losing them. The leading receiver for the Badgers is Quintez Cephus. Cephus has caught 18 balls for 301 yards, and four touchdowns. Purdue’s number one focus should be the run, to force Hornibrook to beat them with his arm.
As good as Wisconsin is rushing the ball, they are as good stopping the run. The Badgers are 4th against the run, along with top 20 in every other major defensive category. The Badgers also know how to get points on defense, as they have three interception returns for touchdowns this season, including one last week against Nebraska. Leading the charge for the Badger defense is D’Cota Dixon. Dixon has 36 total tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, FF, and an INT. That’s a laundry list of stats for a future NFL star. Purdue, especially it’s QB’s and OL, will have to be efficient with the football. The Boilers must find a way to run the ball, and score points.
The weather for this week’s matchup should be the same as it was for the matchup against Minnesota; wet, wind, and thunder. Purdue must do something tricky to get momentum early, luckily, they have this guy named Jeff Brohm as coach. Purdue has another opportunity to put people on notice in the Big Ten, now they just have to finish.
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