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NCAA Football Preview: Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Two teams from the state of Indiana will get together on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Purdue Boilermakers, out of the Big Ten, come into the game with a 1-1 record will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who are 2-0 on the young season. When these two teams got together a season ago; the Fighting Irish won a close game at Ross-Aide Stadium in West Lafayette. Notre Dame won the game 31-24. Most experts do not expect the 2014 version to be nearly as close.

The Fighting Irish scored 48 points against Rice, and then backed that up with 31 more against Michigan. The big story for Notre Dame has been their defense, who is allowing just 8.5 points per game. In the win over Michigan, the Fighting Irish forced Michigan to turn the ball over four times, including 3 interceptions. Offensively, for Notre Dame, they have used a big season thus far from Everett Golson. The quarterback has tossed for 521 yards and 5 touchdowns in the early going. The running back core for Notre Dame have used Greg Bryant and Tarean Folson to combine for 178 yards and a touchdown. Notre Dame will take on Syracuse, Stanford and North Carolina before playing at the top ranked Florida State Seminoles on October 18th. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 9-4 season, including a Bowl win over Rice.

The Purdue Boilermakers started the season well; downing Western Michigan 43-34. Then, things fell apart at home; losing to Central Michigan. The Boilermakers in the loss turned the ball over three times, including two passes intercepted. Purdue is passing for 192.5 yards per game, while rushing for 174 per game. The Boilermakers quarterback Danny Etling has only thrown for just over 300 yards and completed 2 touchdown passes on the season. Purdue will come back home and host Southern Illinois, before the following week hosting Iowa in their Big Ten opener for 2014. Purdue is coming off one of their worst seasons in program history. After winning their second game of the season over Indiana State, the Boilermakers dropped their next ten games, including a 56-36 loss at Indiana to wrap up the season.

When these two teams get together, it’s tough to think that one team will blow-out the other. But, these two teams are not evenly matched. The Purdue Boilermakers have a long way to go to be a competitive Big Ten threat. On the other side, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are the real deal. Brian Kelly has his team competing at the top of the college football world, and looking at a possible national title appearance. Notre Dame is better at every position across the board. We are going to take the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to blow the Purdue Boilermakers out in this one. We are betting Notre Dame -29 over Purdue.

 

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