Alright, you caught us...work, family, and the holidays have caught up with us and we haven't been able to give you the same coverage we normally do (which admittedly isn't much). So, here's a quick update of all the things we missed and all the things we're looking forward to (sort of) this weekend.
Football Recap: Illinois 20 - Purdue 16
Ugh - this was one of the ugliest games I've ever seen. Sure the Boilers had a chance to win, but in front of an official crowd of 37,459 (more like 12,459), it would have been an embarrassing win and was more than an embarrassing loss. Oh, and what was up with the Illini's last play? I'm well aware of the "take the safety to end the game" strategy, but why did Illinois snap it to the up man and then throw it back to the "punter"? Doesn't that introduce a bunch of things that could go wrong? A dropped pass/fumble recovered by Purdue would have been a perfect ending to one of the worst Division I games of the year. Don't even get me started about that horrible fake field goal...
Basketball Recap: Purdue 81 - Siena 73
Dropped the ball on this one. Luckily...
Basketball Recap: Washington State 69 - Purdue 54
Ugh again. After such a promising 2nd half against Oklahoma State and jumping out to a 10 point lead at halftime, the Boilers gave up 52 points in the second half to embarrassingly lose to the Cougars by 15. Washington State's not horrible, but they're also not going to sniff the Tourney this year. The Boilermakers scored over 30 points below their average and shot 33% from the field. One wishes they could've put those two good halves together against Oklahoma State and lay an egg against Butler instead. Now, the Boilers are in the position of a must win game - otherwise, the preseason tourney could start a tailspin similar to the one seen last year after the 2K Sports Classic. Remember the killer game against Villanova followed by the embarrassing loss to Oregon State? The similarities are striking.
Basketball Preview: Purdue vs. Siena - ESPN3 - Sunday, 5:00 pm
That's lucky - we already did this one! Although this one's even more important than that one. A loss to Siena would create a hole nearly impossible to dig out of. Meanwhile, the Boilers will play Siena more times this year than Indiana. Makes sense.
Football Preview: Purdue @ Indiana - BTN - Saturday, 3:30 pm
Other than the thought that football season will be mercifully over after the game, I can't think of one Boilermaker fan looking forward to this one. Purdue hasn't scored more than 24 points in any game this year (even against some of the worst defenses in the country) while Indiana has scored less than 28 exactly twice (those two games were against teams that Purdue scored a total of 0 points against - Wisconsin and Ohio State). The Boilermaker defense hasn't stopped anyone outside of Michigan State all year, so this is shaping up to be a blowout of epic Bucket proportions. That brings up the only reason Purdue has a chance - The Old Oaken Bucket.
The Boilers have dominated the series and have already stepped up against their other "rival", Notre Dame. Can the Boilers somehow avoid the embarrassment of a 1-11 season and a blowout against their rivals? Not likely...
What player are we warning you about? All of them. The possibility of Indiana blowing out Purdue is enough to make your television explode.
It's Indiana +21. We'll bet 330 points in honor of the starting time of this game which allows us to watch Michigan-Ohio State without feeling like we're missing anything.
Kirk's Pick: Indiana 33 - Purdue 14
Erik's Pick: Indiana 59 - Purdue 21