Will the Spartans get off to a slow start coming off a week off?
While the Spartans were in need of a week off, they also must show the ability to come back and be ready early against a team that has nothing to lose and everything to gain. The Spartans must start early on offense and get out in front.
What effect will senior day have on the Spartans?
For several Spartans this is their final time in Spartan Stadium. How will it affect them and their teammates?
Can the Spartans offensive line handle Ryan Kerrigan?
Many feel Kerrigan is in a battle for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors against Spartan Greg Jones. If the Spartans offensive line can keep Kerrigan in check, Jones may get a push in front of the Purdue standout.
Can the Spartans get back to a balanced offense against a team that gives up an average of 148 yards rushing and 215 yards in the air?
Purdue has been outscored by 102 points on the season and given up 2,157 yards in the air. However, with sacks counted against the rushing yardage, Purdue has only given up 1,487 yards on the ground. Edwin Baker and Kirk Cousins are the keys to the Spartans earning their tenth victory on the season.
Will the Spartans defense place enough pressure on Purdue quarterback Rob Henry?
Henry has thrown four interceptions and only hit on 50% of his passes for the nine games he has played in. If the Spartans can rattle Henry early, Purdue will be forced to live by the run and Dan Kierking.