The Purdue Boilermakers visit Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Week 3 of the college football regular season. Purdue is 2-0 on the season after defeating Oregon State and Connecticut but the Boilermakers received disappointing news as Zander Horvath, the current rushing leader for the team, will miss 4 to 8 weeks with a broken leg. Horvath underwent surgery on Monday. Tight end Garrett Miller and wide receiver Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen are questionable.
The #12 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish have started their regular-season 2-0 following a 41-38 victory over Florida State to open the season and a 32-29 victory over the Toledo Rockets last Saturday. Notre Dame's defense has been its weak link to start the season, allowing an average of 33.5 points per game. Tight end Kevin Baumann is out indefinitely, while defensive lineman Jordan Botelho, running back Logan Dix and running back C’Bo Flemister are questionable
Boilermakers running game takes a big blowThe Purdue Boilermakers are 89th in the nation in rushing at 137.5 yards per game and 10th in passing at 344.0 yards per game. However, leading rusher Zander Horvath will miss 4 to 8 weeks with a broken leg and that will put the onus on back-up King Doerue who has rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Jack Plummer has passed for 558 yards and six touchdowns. Through the first two games of the regular season, Plummer has been sacked three times. The top receiver for Purdue is David Bell with 14 receptions for 255 yards and three touchdowns receptions. Tight end Payne Durham has caught 11 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebacker Jaylon Alexander is the leading tackler for Purdue with 9, while linebacker Jalen Graham is the only player with a quarterback sack. Safety Cam Allen has one interception to lead the Boilermakers. Purdue's defense is 12th in the nation through the first 2 games, allowing an average of 10.5 points and 293.0 yards per game. The Boilermakers give up 101.0 yards on the ground and 192.0 yards through the air per game.
Notre Dame's defense must Step UpNotre Dame is 2-0 but not because of its defense. The Fighting Irish were favored by 16.5 points this past Saturday against the Toledo Rockets and won by just three points while giving up 29 points to the less-talented Rockets. Notre Dame is currently ranked 113th out of 130 teams allowing an average of 33.5 points and 397.5 yards per game. The defense against the run is allowing 198.0 yards per game and the pass defense is giving up 199.5 yards per game. The leading tackler for Notre Dame is linebacker JD Bertrand with 22 and the leader in quarterback sacks is lineman Isaiah Foskey with 3.0. Safety Kyle Hamilton has two interceptions to lead the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame's offense is scoring an average of 36.5 points per game. The running game is averaging 98.5 yards which is 111th in the nation and the passing game averages 341.5 yards per game which is 11th best. Quarterback Jack Coan has passed for 605 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. Coan has not been well protected, suffering 10 sacks through the first two games of the regular season. Notre Dame's running attack is led by Kyren Williams with 120 yards and 1 touchdown while the leading receiver is Michael Meyer with 201 yards and three touchdowns receptions.
- Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in its last 5
- The Fighting Irish are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 at home
- Purdue is 5-2 ATS in the last seven on the road