If Bill O’Brien was upset and thought that Ohio State ran up the score on Penn State last weekend, lord only knows what Darrell Hazell is going to think once the Ohio State Football team arrives in West Lafayette.
The Buckeyes (8-0) are running on all cylinders after handing Penn State their worst loss in 114 years (63-14). Braxton Miller is looking as good as ever, and Carlos Hyde is running with a purpose (as if Jordan Hall wasn’t enough earlier in the year).
The Boilermakers (1-6), on the other hand, are running on empty. Purdue’s sole victory came week 2 against the not-so-dangerous Indiana State Sycamores (20-14), and it’s been all down hill from there. Five losses in a row now has Purdue in the cellar of the Leaders Division, but a miraculous statement win against Ohio State could be what Purdue needs to regain morale and turn their downward spiral into a downhill sprint.
However, those loyal Buckeye Nation members know how tough it can be to get a win against the Boilermakers. Purdue has won the last two matches at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, on top of sending the unbeaten Buckeyes to overtime in Columbus last year. History may say this won’t be an easy task for Ohio State, but the numbers beg to differ.
Ohio State is ninth in the nation in rushing yards per game (295.6), fifth in points for (47.35) and 15th in points against (19.1). Purdue is 119th in rushing yards (76.1), 122nd in points for (13.1) and 105th in points against (34.4). If Purdue plays how they’re averaging, Head Coach Urban Meyer will run them off their own field.
The defense has been a point of emphasis for Ohio State recently, and this weekends game against Purdue will be a good tune-up practice for the rest of the season.
You can catch the game in West Lafayette at Ross-Ade Stadium at noon on the Big Ten Network.