Monday, October 12, 2009

Ohio State—Purdue: Week Seven Preview, Free History Lesson Included

By HD Handshoe

No. 7 Ohio State (5-1) travels to West Lafayette, Indiana to face the Purdue Boilermakers (1-5) Saturday at 12:00PM in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Offensively, Purdue hasn't been terrible. They actually have a decent QB in Joey Elliot and a very good RB in Ralph Bolden, yet they are still 1-5.

The blame has to fall squarely on their lackluster defensive efforts.

Purdue's defense has given up nearly 400 yards per game (164 rush, 233 pass) and has allowed close to 30 points per contest.

Conversely, Ohio State's defense has been absolutely spectacular since week two, but at times, their offense has sputtered and looked rather anemic.

Coach Tressel and the staff have to make calls more conducive to Pryor's capabilities and subsequently, Pryor must make better, and faster decisions, and protect the ball, and play within himself.

Sometimes it is though he is trying to force a pass and is locked in on his receivers rather than tucking the ball and running.

Last season, Pryor seemed to be more willing to run. This season, he seems to be more focused on becoming a pocket passer, which is OK, but he cannot, and should not abandon the skills and abilities that got him here.

This Purdue defense, much like Toledo and Illinois, should be the cure for what ails the Buckeyes on offense. In fact, over the next three weeks they should be able to tune up the offense quite well. After Purdue, the Buckeyes will face Minnesota and New Mexico State.

10/17/2009—Game Seven—12:00PM Kickoff
TV: Big Ten Network


Ohio State-Purdue History and Tidbits:

• Ohio State leads the all-time head-to-head series (37-12-2).

• Ohio State is 16-4 vs. Purdue in the last 20 meetings (dating back to 1983).

• Ohio State is 7-3 vs. Purdue in the last 10 meetings in West Lafayette (dating back to 1984).

• Ohio State has won 16 consecutive Big Ten road games.

• The last Ohio State loss at Purdue was in 2004 by a score of 24-17 (That year, Purdue was 7-5 and Ohio State was 8-4).

• Jim Tressel is 5-1 overall (2-1 on the road) vs. Purdue, outscoring the Boilermakers 117-62, or by an average game score of 20-10.

• This is Danny Hope's first year as Purdue Head Coach.

• Purdue's last Big Ten title was in 2000 (Co-Champions with Michigan and Northwestern).

The Buckeye defense should focus on stopping RB Bolden first, but must also defend the play-action pass. I really do not expect stopping and containing Purdue to be much of a challenge.

The Buckeye offense should find little resistance moving the ball and scoring often.

I actually thought Purdue would have Indiana's W/L record and vice-versa, but I do believe the Boilermakers are better than their record, and probably better than Indiana, after seeing Virginia crush the Hoosiers last Saturday.

Final score prediction:

Ohio State 41, Purdue 10

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  1. Here's the only lesson Buckeye fans need to know (and this is from a Purdue student): Don't take time out of your busy schedules to watch this game. It won't even be close. The Bucks will dominate in all facets of the game. Expect Boom and Saine to have big games.

  2. No "Boiler Up"?

    You're not giving your boys much of a chance Rob...LOL!

    Of course since you are a student at Purdue, a lot of people that read your comment won't know you're actually a Buckeye fan!

    I guess just outed you - Haaa haaa!


  3. I love that there are currently 3 votes for Purdue in the Who will win this game poll...

    I honestly thought it would be 100% Ohio State, but obviously a few dimwits (probably Michigan fans) made it to the blog and voted, LOL!

  4. you guys really know your stuff........

  5. The single worst performance of this football team since the NCG against Florida, nothing even comes close.
    There needs to be an immediate coaching change whether it be Tressel, the OC, the DC, or the entire damn lot of them.

  6. Go ahead, make my day.
    mgb, PU Class of 1978.
    I can't wait to hear the talk radio shows this week from my home in NWOhio.
    I don't think the UofM fans are crying any more about the fact that Pryor picked OSU over them.
    Looks now like a blessing in disguise

  7. MIchigan will lose again, don't worry, Ohio State always plays its best games against Michigan.

  8. Michigan started 4-0, but will end 7-5 or maybe 8-4

    OSU will finish 10-2


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