Indiana vs. Purdue prediction and game preview. The Hoosiers try to become bowl-eligible with a victory over the rival Boilermakers on Saturday.
Indiana vs. Purdue Game Preview
When: Saturday, Nov. 26 – Noon ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
TV Broadcast: Big Ten Network
This is Indiana’s last chance to become bowl-eligible, and it’s really the best chance its had in three weeks. The Hoosiers lost tough games to Penn State, 45-31, and Michigan, 20-10, remaining competitive up until the fourth quarter. Indiana is expected to win this game, though, and it should given Purdue’s struggles.
Interim coach Gerad Parker likely is in his final game as the head man, and he’d like at least a win to show for his time at the helm since Purdue fired Darrell Hazell. The Boilermakers have lost six in a row and are coming off a 49-20 loss to Wisconsin last week.
What To Know About Indiana
Indiana hasn’t been to back-to-back bowl games since the early 1990s, something it would accomplish with a win Saturday. One of the biggest positives that came from last week’s defeat was the fact that the Hoosiers did not turn the ball over after having nine giveaways over its previous two games. Richard Lagow didn’t have his best game passing and Devine Redding wasn’t at his best running against the nation’s top-ranked defense, but at least they protected the ball.
Tegray Scales had seven tackles against the Wolverines and now leads the Big Ten in that category. Fellow linebacker Marcus Oliver leads the conference with four forced fumbles.
What To Know About Purdue
Indiana’s defense could find the ball in its hands more often than it even expects. Purdue’s 30 turnovers are the third-most in the nation, and its 23 interceptions thrown are the second-most. David Blough has thrown 19 of them, including three in each of the last two games.
The Boilermakers will have to shore up its run defense, a category in which it ranks 121st in the country. They’re going to get a heavy dose of Redding throughout the game, unless they prove they can stop him.
Offense: Indiana – Lagow and Redding will be the two most talented skill players on the field.
Defense: Indiana – The numbers aren’t much better than Purdue’s, but they have a solid group of linebackers that gives them the edge.
Special Teams: Even – Kickers J.D. Dellinger and Griffin Oakes have had rough seasons.
Coaching: Indiana – Kevin Wilson is an underrated coach.
Intangibles: Indiana – The Hoosiers have won the last three meetings.
Matchup To Watch
Redding vs. Purdue’s run defense
The Boilermakers are going to know it’s coming, but it’s a matter of if they can stop it. Indiana is going to feed Redding plenty, and it’s going to be up to him to get the Hoosiers off to a good start.
Spread: Indiana -20
Indiana vs. Purdue Prediction
Lagow throws two touchdown passes, Redding rushes for two more and Blough throws three interceptions in the Hoosiers’ win.
Indiana vs. Purdue final score prediction: Indiana 42, Purdue 17