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November 1, 2013

Staff Predictions: Purdue Boilermakers

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There have been no "gimmes" through recent years against Purdue and even though the oddsmakers have Ohio State better than a four touchdown favorite, do any of our experts see this as being the game that Ohio State looks past and gets tripped up?

Noon
66-10
Patrick
56-14
Andrew
45-14
Givler
52-17
AndyMac
59-7
Tom
56-10


Kevin Noon - Publisher
For a while I just assumed that teams would put up a couple points against Ohio State's defense but maybe it was either the play of the defense against Penn State or just a couple hours of study of Purdue that has me questioning if that is a smart tactic in picking scores. What I do feel good about is Ohio State putting up a lot of points agianst Purdue. I don't care that historically in the past decade that the Buckeyes have been pretty bad at Purdue or if Purdue lets the grass grow to be two feet high, this Ohio State offense and this Purdue defense equal a lot of Buckeye points. Ohio State 66 Purdue 10

Patrick Maks - Staff Writer
For whatever reason, West Lafayette, Ind., hasn't been kind to Ohio State in recent years. The Buckeyes have dropped three of the last four to Purdue in Ross-Ade Stadium but the Boilermakers always seen extra game against against Ohio State. Last year, they nearly thwarted Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes' undefeated season and it makes sense as to why Meyer -- who has guided his squad to 20-straight wins -- insists Ohio State isn't overlooking unranked and 1-6 Purdue. It might not really make much of a difference, though. The Buckeyes are vastly superior in just about every facet of this contest and a 63-14 demolition of Penn State last weekend is reflective of an Ohio State team that's started to really put it altogether. Meyer and company crush the Boilermakers... Ohio State 56 Purdue 14

Andrew Holleran - Staff Writer
During Ohio State's current 20-game win streak, the closest the Buckeyes have come to a loss was last season, at home, to lowly Purdue. Yes, Braxton Miller got hurt in the second half, but Ohio State was headed towards a likely loss even if he hadn't. The Buckeyes haven't won at Purdue in more than five seasons. The three most accomplished quarterbacks since Craig Krenzel to play for Ohio State--Braxton Miller, Terrelle Pryor and Troy Smith--never, or have never, won at Purdue. Ohio State's luck against the Black and Gold will change this weekend. I think something happened with this team against Penn State. Maybe the light went on for them. Maybe something clicked for the defense. Either way, I expect the Buckeyes to roll from here on out, until Michigan, at least. Ohio State 45 Purdue 14

Marc Givler - Recruiting Analyst
The only question heading into this game is how focused will Ohio State be after playing its most complete game of the season last Saturday night against Penn State. Will the Buckeyes stay hungry and use that game as a spring board or will they fall asleep at the wheel against an over-matched opponent and with a bye week looming on top of that. I think last year's struggle over Purdue, and really the struggles of the last decade against this program, keep the Buckeyes focused. Ohio State 52 Purdue 17

Andy McLachlan - Team Writer
A lot of things scare me on this Halloween weekend. I'm scared for the Boilermakers. Mostly because I don't think a mercy rule has ever been established for collegiate football. I'm scared for Darrell Hazell, a former Buckeye coach and a good guy. The first year coach is in a rebuild so he deserves time to put together a team of his own but folks in West Lafayette are tired of projects and want to see production from their football team. I'm afraid of the backlash Urban Meyer will receive again for running up the score, even though Florida State, Baylor and Oregon would drop 70 on Purdue without the slightest threat of criticism from fans or media. I'm also not a big fan of fright movies involving clowns. They freak me out. One thing I'm not scared of is an upset of epic proportions. Ross-Ade Stadium has become a horror house to the Buckeyes of late but I believe the road team will put their demons to rest and emerge victorious on Saturday. Ohio State 59 Purdue 7

Tom Levenick - Time and Change Contributor/Former Player
Saturday the Buckeyes head to Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette (Ind.) to face an overmatched team of Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue QB Rob Henry will have a lot of responsibility to deliver with a team that ranks 9th in the Big Ten in pass offense and 12th in run offense. The only chance Purdue has to defeat the Buckeyes would be if the Buckeyes had multiple turnovers or if the renowned Purdue P.A.T. (Prescription Athletic Turf) was grown long enough to trip up the Buckeyes. The Buckeye defense will continue to develop and grow and you should Expect Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde and Team to continue to roll. Ohio State 56 Purdue 10



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