After a confusing first half in which the now-No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes were down to Minnesota, the Buckeyes pulled out a comfortable 30-14 win over the Gophers last week. With the defense still struggling and no prospect of Nick Bosa returning, Ohio State is surely looking forward to a much-needed bye week. Before they can take advantage, however, the Buckeyes have one more game: A road matchup in primetime with a Purdue team that’s proven it can put up some points.
After starting the season 0-3, losing the trio by a combined eight points, Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers have surged with three-straight wins over then-No. 23 Boston College, Nebraska and Illinois, the latter two coming on the road. All three wins came by at least two touchdowns. Senior quarterback David Blough, who started off the season splitting his time at the helm, has fully taken over the offense now. Moreover, that offense is outstanding when it comes to big plays—something the Ohio State defense has struggled to stop all season.
Brohm is bringing Purdue back in a big way. While the Boilermakers posted consecutive losing seasons from 2012-16, Brohm posted a 7-6 record in 2018 with Purdue’s first bowl win since 2011.
This year’s matchup marks the 56th time that Ohio State and Purdue have faced off, with the Buckeyes holding a lopsided 39-14-2 advantage over the Boilermakers. Ohio State hasn’t played Purdue since 2013, when Urban Meyer’s squad laid down a brutal, 56-0 beatdown in West Lafayette. However, Purdue has proven a finicky opponent at home, with the Boilermakers winning four matchups in West Lafayette since 2000.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
It’s finally happening! For the first time since the show aired in 1987, College Gameday is heading to Pullman, Wa., ahead of the matchup between No. 25 Washington State and No. 12 Oregon. Why is this a big deal? Because for 217 straight games, a Washington State alum has been waving its flag, Ol’ Crimson, at Gameday, all in the hopes that someday the show would come to Pullman. Dreams really do come true, people.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
All 14 Big Ten teams are in action today, with solid matchups from noon until night. Kicking things off, No. 24 Michigan State gets No. 6 Michigan in East Lansing at noon on Fox. Meanwhile, Maryland travels to No. 19 Iowa on ESPN2, Illinois to No. 23 Wisconsin on FS1 and Northwestern to Rutgers on BTN, all at noon as well. In the afternoon slot, No. 18 Penn State heads to Bloomington to face Indiana on ABC at 3:30 p.m., while Nebraska gets Minnesota in Lincoln on BTN.
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