In the Big Ten – the Wisconsin Badgers are on the road at the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night.
The Badgers, with their 2-1 record, will invade Ross-Ade Stadium, where Purdue comes into the game with a 1-2 record. Wisconsin has wins over Buffalo and Georgia Southern, with a road loss at Washington State.
For Purdue, it has not been a great start, with just one win in three games. The Boilermakers are coming off a home loss to Syracuse. They also lost their opener to Fresno State and, in between, won a match at Virginia Tech.
The last time these two teams played, Wisconsin picked up a 35-24 win over Purdue on October 22, 2022. The Badgers are -6.5 in this game over Purdue.
Boilermakers Need to Pick up the D
The Purdue Boilermakers must pick up the defense if they want any shot in this game. In the two losses, Purdue is allowing 37 points per game.
In the home loss on Saturday, the Boilermakers allowed Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader to go crazy on them. He rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 184 yards in the air.
Purdue on the offensive side will turn to Devin Mockobee, their top running back. He is a great running back, but the Boilermakers have difficulty springing him loose this season.
Mockobee has just two touchdown runs in three games. Deion Burks leads the team with three touchdown receptions, with more than 220 yards per on the season.
The Boilermakers are playing their second of three straight home games. Illinois comes to town next week.
Badgers Looking to Start Big Ten in Style
The Wisconsin Badgers know it is time to start playing their best football. The Big Ten season has begun, and once again, they are one of the favorites to play in the title game.
The Badgers have home games with Rutgers and Iowa coming up next but have the October 28th home game against Ohio State marked on their schedules.
In the most recent win over Georgia Southern, Tanner Mordecai rushed for two touchdowns, while Braelon Allen added two more. Chez Mellusi has 268 yards on the ground in three games, with four touchdowns to lead the run game.
The Badgers are averaging 204 per game on the ground as a team. The Wisconsin defense did a great job causing turnovers, as they forced five on the game.
Boilers Compete in Battle at Home
This is the Big Ten opener for Ryan Walters and his Purdue Boilermakers. This will be the first game as the head coach in conference play for him as a head coach. This is a Friday night game, so all eyes will be on this Big Ten tilt. Look for Walters, who is known as a defensive coach, to come up with a plan to slow down the Wisconsin offense.
The Badgers are not an offensive powerhouse, but if you can slow down their run game, you have a shot. Purdue is going to compete in this game. Make sure you bet the Boilermakers +6.5 at home on Saturday.