The Purdue Boilermakers welcome your Ohio State Buckeyes to Gatorade (or Kool-Aid, or whatever it’s called) Stadium this weekend. While this game isn’t the spotlight game of the week (a little showdown in the SEC is supposed to be pretty good, too) this game still promises to be fun. At least for the guys in the Scarlet and Gray.
The sportsMonkey posted some numbers of common opponents between OSU and Purdue, so there’s a place to discuss that aspect of the game. Purdue doesn’t frighten me as much as Tiller’s mustache frightens dogs. They’ll gain some yards, but they’ll give up just as many, probably more. It’s a matter of taking care of the ball and keeping their offense off the field. That means a combination of ball control on offense and some lockdown defense for some three-and-outs. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt if Gholston and Heyward put a serious hurt on Painter.
What others are saying (this will be updated as more people post their picks):
Purdue is averaging 45 points per game, all the better to capture the faces of disillusioned home crowd when Ohio State methodically, mercilessly snuff the life out of Curtis Painterís season.
Purdue has been putting up arenaball numbers all season. They have yet to face a defense ranked in the top 100 nationally.
Ohio State is a top 2 defense.
Purdue, on the other hand, has the tenth-best defense . . . in the Big Ten. Crikey, they gave up 19 points to Notre Dame!
It wouldn’t be a MotSaG Open Thread without some discussion points. Here are a few to chew on:
- How many yards do you think Ohio State will give up to the high-flying Purdue Offense? 300? 400?
- Who has a bigger impact on the game: Ray Small or Brandon Saine (assuming he plays)?
- Does Ohio State gain more yards on the ground or through the air?
- Final Score?
Yards OSU gives up: 340 yards, but almost all of it in passing yards
Saine or Small: Even if Saine plays, I’d still go with Small. I predict he breaks a big return for TD in the next couple of games, so now is as good as ever.
OSU Yards: I’m going with an even split — 220 on the ground, 220 through the air.
Final Score: OSU 37 – Purdue 10
Yards OSU gives up: 272 yards……we can shut down this offense easily if Gholston plays his game.
Saine or Small: Saine I am hoping it means we are playing our 3rd team RB…….which means we are blowing them out early.
OSU Yards: I say we have 320 yards in the air and 240 on the ground.
Final Score: OSU 38 – Purdue 6
Yards OSU gives up: 310, about 40 of it rushing
Saine or Small: Tressel said Saine would play “about 20 snaps,” so he’ll only get about 8-10 carries. Small is starting to hit his stride.
OSU Yards: Most on the ground, unless Tressel has to play catch-up.
Final Score: OSU 24 – Purdue 16