Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Purdue
November is officially upon us as the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) head to Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette looking to get back on track against the Purdue Boilermakers. (3-5, 0-4). Let’s see what our writers think about tomorrow’s contest.
Penn State 30 Purdue 13
Purdue has lost its two Big Ten home games by an average margin of 27.5 points. Penn State has won its two Big Ten road games by an average margin of 26 points. While the final score will not be quite as lopsided here, expect the Nittany Lions to control things throughout the game and come away with a relatively easy victory.
With that said, the Boilermakers should not be taken lightly. They went into hostile environments against Notre Dame and Ohio State, and nearly came away with upset victories both times. Despite showing up against strong competition, they have turned the ball over far too many times, and that will continue on Saturday. Adrian Amos gets an interception for the second week in a row, and Matt McGloin starts fast, finding Allen Robinson for an early touchdown that leads to a comfortable win for the Blue and White.
Penn State 42 Purdue 17
I fully expect this game to be over by halftime, much like the road wins in Illinois and Iowa. Penn State is far and away the more talented team on both sides of the ball. Matt McGloin and company should have their way with the Purdue defense that just gave up 44 points to Minnesota last week. Minnesota. The fact that Penn State is only favored by 3 is borderline disrespectful. I still expect Bill O’Brien to go for it up big on 4th down in the 4th quarter, though.
Penn State 31 Purdue 13
The Nittany Lions will use this game to get their offense rhythm back. Yes, the Boilermakers should have beaten Ohio State a couple weeks ago, but the fact remains, Purdue is not impressive. Penn State will open up a quick 14-0 lead like usual and then repeatedly hand it off to Zach Zwinak in the 2nd half. Overall, I expect a road domination quite like the blowouts we saw in Champaign and Iowa City.
Penn State 35 Purdue 10
I think Penn State gets back on track this week. Despite the disappointing showing last week, I firmly believe Penn State was only a few calls and catches away from winning that game. This week, I expect them to go and blow out Purdue. Purdue is currently on a four game losing streak, and the recent press release about the football team only shows that they have no confidence at the moment. Penn State should win this one easily, and I expect big days from Allen Robinson and Matt McGloin.
Penn State 31 Purdue 14
The Penn State offense will not have trouble moving the ball against the Boilermaker defense. Matt McGloin will throw for 2 touchdowns and sneak one in, and Penn State will score on defense as the Nittany Lions rout Purdue.
Purdue 17 Penn State 7
Heading into the season, I honestly thought that Purdue would win the Big Ten championship. That is not going to happen, but they still should not be taken lightly. They have played Notre Dame and Ohio State incredibly tough but also lost to Minnesota by 16 points last week.
In order to win, Penn State must completely forget about last week. The secondary will need to step up regardless of who plays quarterback for the Boilermakers. Cable TerBush has 11 touchdown passes and nearly 1000 yards passing on the season. He could be dangerous if sees time.
The special teams really needs to fix a lot of mistakes as well.
Penn State 35 Purdue 17
The Nittany Lions will be looking to rebound after a tough loss against Ohio State. The offensive line must improve to stop Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short. While Short is a little banged up, Boilermakers head coach Danny Hope is expecting him to play. Short has four sacks on the year and is projected as a first round draft pick by NFL analysts. Establishing a run game early will be key for Penn State success. Look for Bill O’Brien to give it to Bill Belton early. Also, look for increased production from Jesse James and Matt Lehman with Kyle Carter’s status up in the air.
Defensively, the Lions will be facing quarterback Robert Marve, who will be getting his second start of the season, but Marve may not be the only quarterback the Lions will see. Caleb TerBush and Rob Henry have also seen significant time under center. Look for the defense to produce a few turnovers. The Boilermakers offense has 17 turnovers on the year, 11 coming through the air.
Penn State 24 Purdue 3
At the end of this game, the Boilermakers are going to run around like headless chickens from Perdue Farms.
Last Saturday, Purdue lost to Minnesota by 16 points. Do you know what we call a team that loses to the Golden Gophers by two touchdowns? Purdue.
This will one of those games where it looks like the Nittany Lions are going to fall during the first quarter. Purdue is going to have an amazing opening drive but will end up settling for a field goal. They will stop #OneTeam on its first offensive possession, and my Twitter feed will fill with irate fans telling BOB to pull Matt McGloin. However, our defense will snap into place on the next drive. The Boilermakers will not advance past Penn State’s 40-yard line for the remainder of the game. McGloin will have an average game with two touchdown passes and a run into the end zone.
As the Nittany Lions enter the stadium, they find the entire Purdue team huddled around attempting to build a steam boiler. Unfortunately, that is not part of the game, and Penn State automatically wins. However, the boiler is only one component of a giant, steam-powered robot that lives under Ross-Ade Stadium, and the Penn State players and fans are forced to run for their lives back to State College.
Nate “Ni” Lyon
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