Game day is fast approaching and amazingly the debacle in the desert has been put in the rearview mirror sooner than we anticipated. Part of that reason is a Badger game inside the Big Ten on the heels of that one.
Wisconsin takes on might Purdue, a team that UW has owned seven straight times and by an average of 31.8 over the last four…. Could the Boilermakers be just what the doctor ordered for the Badgers?
Or will a bad loss beat the Badgers twice?
Only time will tell….Either that, or our group of awesome contributors.
Ya, that's it…Let's see what we all have to say about this week's contest.
Arman Belding: Wisconsin 44 Purdue 10
Purdue has one successful drive in the first half, but that's about it for the Boilermakers as Wisconsin grounds and pounds them into submission with an overwhelming rushing attach, led by Melvin Gordon who once again, will eclipse 150 yards and at least 1 touchdown. Jared Abbrederis also gets back in the mix, receiving a TD. Special teams will continue to be an issue for the Badgers, as one punt is muffed and a field goal missed. Despite these errors, Purdue remains unable to stop the Badgers ground game and lose for the many'eth consecutive year.
Jay Swenson: Wisconsin 31, Purdue 14
It'll be closer than the Purdue games we have come to expect, but I still see the Badgers taking this one comfortably. The players and coaches have been saying the right things about the Arizona State game all week and it's time to show that they meant it. Winning here sets up a great showdown next week in Columbus. Lose here and it's tough to not see a three (or four) game losing streak happening.
Andy Coppens: Wisconsin 45, Purdue 10
This game will tell us all we need to know about the rest of the Badgers' season. A win puts the Badgers back on track and puts a bad situation behind them. A loss has a chance to really kill Wisconsin's season. Luckily UW is better all the way around and especially in the run game. Look for two Badger backs to go over the 100 yard mark and UW blows Purdue out—like it should!
Paul Kilgas: Wisconsin 35, Purdue 10
I want to see Joel Stave prove something in this game with at least two TD passes and over 225 yards. I don't know if that will happen, but the RB committee should please its constituents with a combined 240 yards rushing (130 Gordon, 85 White, 25 Clement). I don't think Wisconsin will run away with this game until late, if at all – I could see this being a close game, actually. UW manages to cover the 24 point spread, barely.