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Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell talks about what he's seen out of Cincinnati so far this season.

Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell likes what he’s seen from the Cincinnati Bearcats as the teams get ready to battle for the third time in football.

In 2013 the Cincinnati Bearcats welcomed the Purdue Boilermakers to Nippert Stadium with the Bearcats knocking off the Big Ten program 42-7 in Tommy Tuberville's first game as head coach of the Bearcats.

Now for the first time the Bearcats head to Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayett (Ind.) to battle Darrell Hazell’s 1-0 Boilermakers with a noon kickoff to be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Hazell expects this match-up to be an exciting one between the two programs.

“We’re looking forward to playing a good Cincinnati team this Saturday,” said Hazell.  “Well coached team and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville does a great job with his staff and team to get ready to play.  It should be an exciting time for the Boilermakers at 12 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.”

After watching film of the Bearcats from their win over UT-Martin, Hazell gave the following assessment of the Bearcats.

“I think they do a nice job of running the football offensively, mixing it up,” explained Hazell.  “They threw some good play action passes last week and I thought the quarterback did a nice job settling in after a couple of quarters.

“Defensively, they’ve got a really nice linebacker that runs the gap and makes a lot of plays.  They bring it pretty well off the edge.”

The Bearcats are coming off a 28-7 victory in their season opener while the Boilermakers posted a 45-24 win over Eastern Kentucky in their season opener.

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