WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Welcome to Wisconsin at Purdue Game Week.
This is a one-stop shopping for news, notes and takeaways to supplement our regular coverage leading up to Saturday’s matchup at Ross-Ade Stadium. Kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on BTN.
All-time series: Wisconsin leads 48-29-8. The Badgers have won 12 straight since 2004 – sorry to bring that up. Wisconsin has won seven straight at Ross-Ade Stadium and Purdue’s last home win came in 1997.
Last games: The Badgers lost at Penn State. The Boilermakers were throttled by Minnesota.
MONDAY, NOV. 12
The Jeff Brohm to Louisville thing hasn’t changed the line for Saturday’s game. Still at 5.5 with Purdue favored.
The Nov. 24 Old Oaken Bucket game at Indiana will kick off at noon. ESPN2 provides the telecast.
Receiver Rondale Moore named one of 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award.
Video from Jeff Brohm and the Louisville situation.
Purdue’s second-year coach isn’t commenting on the Louisville job
Mike Carmin, Journal & Courier
SUNDAY, NOV. 11
Purdue opens as – wait for it – a 5.5-point favorite against the Badgers. First time since 2004 the Boilermakers are favored in this matchup. Oops, there’s 2004 again. Sorry.
In seven of the last eight meetings, Wisconsin has been a double-digit favorite. In the last eight matchups, the Badgers have been favored by a combined 152.5 points.
Let me do the math – that’s 19.1 points – almost three touchdowns. And the kicker – the Badgers are 6-2 against the spread in those eight games. Not only did Wisconsin win but it covered. Good teams win. Great teams cover.
Not sure the Badgers fall under the category as great anymore, but they do have Purdue’s number.
All eyes on Jeff Brohm’s weekly Monday press conference (11 a.m.) after Louisville fired Bobby Petrino on Sunday. Took a deep dive into some of the questions surrounding the Brohm-to-Louisville thing since it is a thing.
I’m told media members from Louisville are crossing the Ohio River and are expected to be in attendance along with at least one – maybe more – TV stations from Indianapolis to create a circus atmosphere in our little corner of the world, all searching for the sound bite they probably won’t get.
Yes, I’m curious what Brohm will say. He can end this quickly by shutting it down and saying he has no interest in the job or keep fanning the speculation flames by avoiding the questions and creating a two-week distraction for a team still in need of one win for bowl eligibility. Purdue can also finish alone in second place in the Big Ten West.
As we start the week, 10 questions about the Boilermakers and Saturday’s matchup against Wisconsin:
–Will the whole Jeff Brohm to Louisville become a distraction and prevent the Boilermakers from winning their last two games?
–Did Brohm address it with his team Sunday night?
–Was Saturday’s blowout loss at Minnesota a one-time event or a sign of things to come? (I think it’s a one-time thing but I’m not sure everyone agrees with me).
–How vulnerable are the Badgers in this matchup?
–Will Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook return?
–Will the loss of safety Jacob Thieneman continue to hamper Purdue’s defense?
–Can the Boilermakers handle Wisconsin’s offensive and defensive lines?
–Is David Blough capable of taking advantage of a poor Badgers’ secondary?
–Can Purdue’s defense slow down running back Jonathan Taylor? Rushed for 219 yards last season against the Boilermakers and leads the Big Ten this season with a 147.6 average against conference teams.
–Will Brohm make an attempt to establish a running game in the first half?
The Boilermakers have won their last three home games by an average of 16 points.
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