Penn State is looking to continue its three-game winning streak, but has traditionally faced difficulty on the road; your Nittany Lions have lost seven of their last true road games. However, Penn State was able to beat a ranked team while unranked for the first time since 1964, so we like to believe that they will be able to handle the Boilermakers, despite being on the road.
Plus, Penn State packs a powerful seven-game win streak over Purdue.
Last week, Purdue had a hold over Nebraska at halftime, but lost their grip in the third quarter as the Huskers plowed ahead and ended up with the win, dealing the Boilermakers a 27-14 loss.
Teams like Maryland and Iowa have also dealt Purdue significant losses. Maryland beat Purdue 50-7, and Iowa, 49-35.
In fact, the only Big Ten win for Purdue thus far has been against Illinois, and it was a 34-31 overtime victory.
Purdue recently fired its now-former Head Coach Darrell Hazell and has replaced him with Interim Head Coach Gerad Parker. Parker has served as both a recruiter and a wide receivers coach for Purdue before being elevated to head coach.
Penn State leads Purdue in almost all statistics. Penn State owns 147.9 rushing yards to Purdue’s 120.3, 64% to 45% on 4th down, and the Lions are proud owners of 22 sacks to the Boilermaker’s 14. Linebacker U exists for a reason! However, Purdue is especially strong on the third down, boasting a 47.4% rate.
Despite their losses and statistics, Purdue is a darkhorse of a team with the potential to pose a threat at any moment. With the change in coaching and determination to never give up, the Boilermakers are determined to beat Penn State, especially after the Lions’ impressive win this past weekend.
Some ESPN analysts are calling it that Penn State could be in a three-way tie or runner-up position for Big Ten champs. This is some of the best news Penn State fans have heard in years, and this weekend is an excellent opportunity for the Nittany Lions to continue to hurdle toward that goal.
As always, this weekend’s game promises to pack an adrenaline punch. Be sure to tune into ABC/ESPN2 this coming Saturday at noon to watch No. 24 Penn State show Purdue how to play some football. We Are!