WIN, LOSE OR DRAW: Purdue

Part 12 of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.

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Purdue celebrates beating Indiana last season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

OPPONENT: Purdue

DATE: Nov. 21

TIME: TBA

TV: TBA

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FOLLOW THE TEAM: Purdue’s official site.

Coverage from the Lafayette Journal-Courier.

HISTORY VS. INDIANA: Indiana is 36-69-6 alltime against Purdue, including an embarrassing 62-10 loss last season at Purdue. Indiana’s 2007 win, though, is likely to go down as one of the most memorable at Indiana.

WHO ARE THEY: A first-year coach, Danny Hope, that was hand-picked to replace Joe Tiller. A fifth-year senior at quarterback who has never started a game. Not much of any star power on either side of the ball. Purdue’s 2009 season looks to be a rough one, and the two Indiana schools may go down to the wire to determine who finishes 10th in the Big Ten. Hope took a long route to Purdue, serving as an assistant coach at Louisville, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Purdue before taking the head coaching job at Eastern Kentucky in 2003. He came back to Purdue in 2008, and now replaces the man who brought the spread offense to the Big Ten. Hope signed 14 players from Florida in February, hoping to increase the Boilermakers’ speed and athleticism.

OFFENSIVE STAR: The pressure is on Joey Elliott to replace Curtis Painter as the Boilermakers’ QB. Elliott has waited four seasons under Painter for his time, and has completed 27 of 49 attempts for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That’s about one game of production, across four seasons. If Elliott fails, it’ll be up to redshirt freshman Caleb TerBush, a big guy at 6-foot-5 and 222 pounds, but with even less game experience. Elliott’s mental acumen for the position cannot be challenged (He plans on becoming a coach), but handling the Big Ten, week-in and week-out, could prove to be an issue for Elliott.

DEFENSIVE STAR: Seven starters return to a defense that was the best in the Big Ten against the pass, but last against the run. A lot of the credit for the former goes to sixth-year free safety Torri Williams, who was second on the team with 83 tackles in 2008. The secondary features four seniors, and a senior will start at one outside linebacker position and at one defensive tackle spot. But three true sophomores and one redshirt freshmen are also listed as starters. Williams, a Texas prep star who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 208 pounds, is a playmaker — two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2008.

WHY INDIANA WILL WIN: I’ve tabulated your votes from throughout this exercise, and Indiana, according to you, stands at 5-6 entering this game. So, once again, the Hoosiers will be trying to become bowl eligible. The pressure could also be on coach Bill Lynch, and how the team plays in this game could go a long ways towards determining his job security. Either way, Indiana should come out emotionally hungry and ready to run the football with whoever is the lead back by the end of the season (Just a guess, but it will probably be Darius Willis).

WHY PURDUE WILL WIN: Because Indiana is still hurting from that 52-point loss a year ago. Because Purdue could also be fighting for bowl eligibility, or trying to save a lost season. Plenty of seniors on that Boilermakers team, and they’ll want to raise that Oaken Bucket one last time, especially at Memorial Stadium.

NOW YOU: Call it — win, lose or draw? Well, ok, just win or lose. State your reason, as well.

8 comments

  1. win win win win win. i don’t care if Purdue is 11-0 on Nov. 21, I’m always gonna put IU down as a win until proven otherwise.

  2. All I remember is how embarassing it was to lose last year. Pathetic effort from the team and the coaches.

  3. Indiana extracts revenge for last year’s mortifying defeat by pounding the Boilers 32-10. Predicted season record after 12 games: 6-6. Lynch saves his job with a full quarter of the Hoosier Nation gagging on the very notion.

  4. u guys are delusional!!! i guess i can’t blame you, being I-spew fans…..all you have is hope!!! no pun intended. but seriously, u could have all the talent in the world and you won’t beat purdue. as far as ’07s win is concerned…….every blind squirrel finds a nut! we will raises some eyebrows come this season, just you watch! BOILER UP!!

  5. Win!Win!Win!Win!Win!Win!….Yes, it will be a GREAT game and it looks like both teams might struggle throughout the season…ALWAYS a WIN when it comes to this game. Go Hoosiers..

  6. Im srry but IU will either end up 3 w or 4 w they may get 2 ws from Big 10 upsets but they arent beating Purdue in all honesty.
    Reasons
    1 Purdue can score against good defenses
    2 Purdue has a better run game
    3 IU run defense sucks
    4 IU will be tired of losing and wont even show up!

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