Inside Predictions: Purdue to face Nebraska in the Big Ten

The Big Ten conference will see Nebraska head over to Purdue this Saturday, October 31st. Kickoff at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana is scheduled for 12:00 PM EST and ESPNU will have all the coverage.

Nebraska is coming off a loss against Northwestern; the game was very close though. It ended 28-30 and was decided at the very end. Both teams played well and it was anyone’s game. The Cornhuskers were just on the wrong side of the fence.

It was a tough loss for Nebraska, simply because they just so happened to be honoring their 1995 championship team at the game. Considered by many to be the best team in college football, the 95’ squad headed out of the tunnel ahead of the current team and formed a corridor for them to run through. That had to be by far the toughest game the Huskers lost.

Purdue has been downtrodden as well and will need a win to boost morale, after their current five game losing streak. The Boilermakers have lost three home games and two road games just over the past month. Their losses have not been as close as Nebraska’s. They have seen more than their fair share of hard losses this season.

It’s quite clear that neither team is having the season of a lifetime, but with two great coaches behind these teams, this will no doubt be a fun game to watch. A good coach can be the key to a comeback from behind season, or the reason for a dumpster fire seem.

Nebraska is in its first year with head coach Mike Riley. Having coached the San Diego Chargers as well as the New Orleans Saints, and several colleges, Riley is experienced and should be able to make the best of the Huskers. Perhaps, it won’t be THIS year and maybe, not next either but I am sure: if we give him some time he will produce great results for Nebraska. His influence on the team is clear by watching the team play. Although Nebraska is 3-5 and only 1-3 in the conference we can begin to see how Riley is preparing his team for winning ways.

Purdue is in their third year with head coach Darrell Hazell. He came over from Kent State back in 2012 and has seen a fair amount of success with Purdue. This season however, something is not quite right and the Boilermakers are 1-6 and 0-3 in Big Ten play. It will be interesting to see how Hazell gets through the rest of the season. I think he’s got some big plan that will see Purdue back to the top next year. For Hazell’s sake I hope I am right. He has another 3 years left on his contract so he has time to make his move.

My Prediction: I foresee a tight game, the teams are evenly matched and a shutout is highly unlikely. Neither side can afford another loss, and they will both be playing to try and salvage the season. In the end I see the Cornhuskers emerging victorious, after a long and arduous battle the game will be decided in the last five minutes and a field goal by Nebraska will give them the win they so desperately need. I do not however see the Huskers covering their -10 point spread. I think the game will be much too close for that.

October 30, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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