Week 6 Predictions: Purdue Boilermakers
What a difference a week makes. After all of the doubters crept into the comment sections, there now seems to be a new wave of optimism surrounding this football program. Better yet, Penn State comes back home to face a Rondale Moore-less Purdue team. At the time this was writing, the line was -28.5. Let’s dive into some predictions.
Brandon Musso (4-0) & (1-3) vs. The Spread
Ever since Purdue’s massive upset over Ohio State last year, I have had this game circled on my calendar. They showed that they were starting to build a team with legitimate athletes that could compete in the B1G. Among them was their star wide receiver Rondale Moore, who is one of the fastest and most exciting players in college football. I knew he might be a big challenge when the time came for him to face Penn State so it seemed like an intriguing matchup.
We are now just few days away from that matchup, but it’s going to look a whole lot different than it originally looked. Purdue has seen a rash of injuries that have rendered their starting quarterback, Elijah Sindular and Moore, just to name a few, out for the contest. Moore’s matchup with Penn State will have to wait.
Meanwhile, Penn State is coming off an impressive win over Maryland. They clicked on all cylinders offensively and defensively last Friday night. With their confidence at an all time high, they should be poised for another dominant performance.
With Purdue missing some of its best players, and Penn State riding high, I don’t think this one will be close. I’m going with a comfortable Nittany Lion win in Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Purdue 10 Penn State 45
Kraigen Rasalla (4-0) & (0-4) vs. The Spread
It is amazing what a week can do in boosting my confidence in this Penn State Football team. Last week, I thought they would pull out the victory, but in a close game. They ended up beating Maryland 59-0.
This week, Penn State takes on Purdue in this year’s homecoming game. Whereas last week I had some doubts heading into the game, I really don’t have any concerns surrounding the Boilermakers. Combining Penn State’s strong performance last week with Purdue’s injuries to starting QB Elijah Sindelar and WR Rondale Moore, I expect Penn State to take care of business this week.
Expect Sean Clifford to have another big game against a Purdue defense that allows close to 300 yards passing per game.
Purdue 10 Penn State 48
Cory Lestochi (4-0) & (2-2) vs. The Spread
Penn State’s defense is the second best scoring defense in the country. Without Moore, I am not sure where Purdue’s offense is going to come from. Also the Boilermakers cannot run the ball. I have the Nittany Lions in a rout.
Purdue 7 Penn State 52