The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten Conference matchup. The Boilermakers are 4-3 (2-2) this season and are coming off a 30-13 home loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. Senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell struggled as he went 24-of-32 for 200 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
The Cornhuskers are 3-5 (1-4) and are coming off a 30-23 road loss against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez had a decent game as he went 18-of-33 for 241 yards and a touchdown.
Catch the BallThe Purdue Boilermakers have been trying to get their offense going and senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell has been doing just that this season. He is 10th in the nation with an 80.5 QBR while completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 1,318 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. In his last game against the Wisconsin Badgers, O’Connell finished going 24-of-32 for 200 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. If he can figure out how to limit the turnovers in this game, the Boilermakers would be in a great spot.
The Purdue Boilermakers have been a stellar defense this season as they are allowing 16.3 points per game. In their previous game against the Wisconsin Badgers, they allowed 30 points on 342 total yards of offense (52 passing, 290 rushing). They did an incredible job of limiting the Badgers as they went just 1-of-11 on third down. Purdue has to improve as they gave up 5.7 rushing yards per attempt. If they can keep up this type of defense, they should be in a good spot.
Run and GunThe Nebraska Cornhuskers have been trying to get over the hump with junior quarterback Adrian Martinez. He is one spot above O’Connell as he is ninth with an 80.6 QBR while completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,995 yards with 10 touchdowns to three interceptions. He also ran the ball 96 times for 433 yards (4.5 yards per rush) with 10 touchdowns. In his last game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he finished going 18-of-33 for 241 yards with a touchdown as well as eight runs for -17 yards. If he can be more of a factor in this game, it will do wonders for Nebraska.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have also been doing well on the defensive side of the field this season as they are allowing 19.4 points per game. In their previous game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, they gave up 30 points on 396 total yards of offense (214 passing, 182 rushing). The Golden Gophers went 3-of-9 on third down and converted their only fourth-down attempt. They need to work on their rush defense as they went 4.2 yards per
- Nebraska: Cornhuskers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Nebraska: Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Purdue: Boilermakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Purdue: Boilermakers are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.