After a solid rivalry has come to the end, so had the Notre Dame Fighting Irish‘s undefeated bid in the young season. Brian Kelly was heavily criticized by Michigan Wolverines‘ coach in the past couple of weeks for ‘chickening out’ of the historic rivalry. While this may not be the Fighting Irish’s biggest rivalry, it will surely be missed. They continue a string of three straight Big Ten opponents this week.
On the other side of the field, the Purdue Boilermakers are coming off a close victory against a lowly Indiana State squad in week two. After a crushing defeat in week one to the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Boilermakers are looking for a fresh start under new head coach Darrell Hazell.
Notre Dame’s passing offense has been one of the most solid attacks in recent memory. Despite losing Everett Golson, the offense is led by senior quarterback Tommy Rees who has seen his career somewhat resurged. Rees has 660 passing yards to go along with five touchdowns and two interceptions in two games this season. Amir Carlisle is the team’s leading rusher with 132 yards on 19 carries through the first two weeks.
Purdue’s offense has failed to accumulate more than 300 total yards in either game in the first two weeks. Senior quarterback Rob Henry has struggled a bit in his first two weeks as the team’s starting quarterback with just 311 yards and two interceptions with no touchdowns. Akeem Hunt is the leading rusher on the poor rushing team with 103 yards.
Defensively, the Fighting Irish were one of the best units in 2012. However, the 2013 season has not been as kind to this team as they have allowed just over 410 yards per game to go along with 23.5 points per game. Purdue has not been so lucky on the defensive side of things, allowing a hefty 28 points per game while also giving up about 350 yards of total offense per game through two weeks.
PREDICTION: Notre Dame 37, Purdue 13
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