Friday, November 15, 2013

Football Preview: Purdue at Penn State - November 16 - Noon - BTN

Purdue fans took a step away from the ledge after Wednesday night's blowout basketball win over Central Connecticut State with the knowledge that at least they have something to look forward to this winter.  Meanwhile, the football season plods along...

Their mascot could be a lot cooler.

Why Purdue Wins
Do we really have to keep doing this?  To be fair, Penn State did lose to Indiana by 20, so it's possible Purdue pulls the major upset.  It's just not very likely.  In order to have a chance, Purdue's freshman quarterback (Danny Etling) will need to outplay Penn State's freshman quarterback (Christian Hackenberg).  Hackenberg's 243 yards/game has far outpaced Etling's 164 yards/game, which is partially due to Penn State's better offensive line.  If the line can step up and give Etling time to throw, a Penn State defense that's given up 40+ in three Big Ten games could give the Boilers a fighting chance.

Why Penn State Wins
If this game were in West Lafayette, I'd say Purdue had a decent shot.  However, the Boilers have scored a total of 17 points on the road this year and Penn State hasn't scored less than 24 in a single home game.  This Penn State team has played well at home and there's no reason that won't continue against the worst team in the FBS.

Player we're most concerned about since their stock photo may break our TV
Cornerback, #3, Da'Quan Davis.  This guy's got one of the dopiest stock photos I've ever come across.  He's a good player though, so try not to throw a shoe through your tv if you see him come up on your screen tomorrow.

Da'Quan Davis

Picks of the week
Penn State is a 21.5 point favorite.  We'll be betting 33 in honor of the total number of points scored in 2004, the last time Purdue won in State College.

Erik's Bet
The Nittany Lions aren't that good.  Neither was Cincinnati.

Penn State 42 Purdue 7

Kirk's Bet
Kirk just told me the score and didn't tell me who was going to win.  He didn't need to.

Penn State 35 Purdue 7

Three Final Things
1. The basketball team plays Rider on Sunday night for their first game on actual tv this year.  Watch them in order to get your mind off what's most likely to be a blowout the day before.

2.  Penn State hasn't had a losing streak all season.  That's pretty good considering they're 5-4.

3. Boiler Up!

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