It’s been almost two years since the Ohio State Buckeyes lost a game. The Big Ten favorites have been dominating opponents since Urban Meyer took over as head coach in 2012. Ohio State has begun the year with an 8-0 record and a relatively tight lead in the Leaders Division with four games remaining in the regular season.
Losing game after game can’t be fun for the Purdue Boilermakers who saw themselves make a bowl just a short season ago. Unfortunately for the 1-6 Boilermakers, they are this year’s bottom-dweller in the conference. With new head coach Darrell Hazell in place, it’s only a matter of time before this team sees some success.
Ohio State has won 20 straight regular season games and it looks like that will extend this week if Braxton Miller can play to his potential. Prior to the season, he was a Heisman-favorite, but an injury set him out for a few weeks and that hope went out the window. He has still been impressive, however, as he has thrown for 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for another 403 yards and two scores. Devin Smith and Philly Brown have been stars in the passing game, helping both quarterbacks, combining for 1,044 yards and 13 touchdowns. Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall lead the ninth-ranked rushing attack with 590 yards and 519 yards, respectively, with a total of 15 touchdowns.
Purdue is having an awful season with just a 1-6 record and the offense has been one of the worst in the nation. Ranking 90th in passing yards per game, the quarterback situation isn’t exactly ideal as the Boilermakers started the season with Rob Henry behind center and then switched to freshman Danny Etling. The freshman quarterback has a sub-50 percent completion rate and 585 yards with three touchdowns in three games. The run game has been even worse, ranking 119th in the nation in yards per game on the ground with Akeem Hunt leading the team in rushing with 293 yards and no touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, Ohio State ranks 33rd in the nation, allowing just 372 yards per game as one of the top units in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes also rank 15th in the nation in points allowed per game with just over 19. Purdue has not really excelled in any aspect of the game this year, ranking 106th in the nation in points allowed per game with 34.4 and 75th in the country in yards allowed per game.
Ohio State will travel to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network.
PREDICTION: Ohio State 45, Purdue 7