Crystal Ball Week 11

With camp getting ready to open, we finish looking at our Spartan Digest Crystal Ball. The Spartans sit with a record of 10-0 and have become the talk of college football as the most surprising team of the season. Up next, Purdue travels to Spartan Stadium.

Purdue (Sat. Nov 20, 2010) Spartan Stadium

2009 Record: 5-7 BIG TEN 4-4

Last Game Against MSU: 2009 Score: 40-37, Spartan Win

Last season Michigan State caught Purdue coming off a major victory over Michigan. This year the Boilermakers will play the Spartans in the same rotation except the Spartans will be coming off a bye-week.

Danny Hope enters his second season as the head coach of Purdue, but much will be needed for them to have a successful season.

Transfer quarterback Robert Marve sat out last season after his transfer from Miami, now it is his turn to show what he is capable of doing. While many feel Marve has the tools to be a good one, he will take the reins with only four returning starters.

One person Marve knows will be there is senior wide receiver Keith Smith the team's most dynamic player. The offensive line is young and could find the Spartans a team that causes them a lot of troubles.

On defense, the Boilermakers return five starters with all five playing in the front seven. Ryan Kerrigan and Kawann Short at both top players capable of causing havoc and the Spartans offensive line should be ready for their onslaught.

One weapon to keep an eye on is kicker Carson Wiggs who has a very strong leg and has shown the ability to hit from 40 yards and out.

Hope will bring a team coming off back-to-back home games with Wisconsin and Michigan and could find them tired and beaten down by the time they take the field in Spartan Stadium. Another great home crowd will watch the Spartans derail the Boilermakers as the Spartan Digest Crystal Ball has the Spartans moving their record to 10-0. Crystal Ball Prediction: Spartans Win – 34- 24.

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