Five Keys to Victory - Purdue

After the bye week, No.7 Wisconsin heads back on the road to take on Purdue In West Lafayette, Indiana. Before kickoff, Badger Nation gives its five keys to victory over the Boilermakers.

1. On the Ball

It looks like James White won't be suiting up on Saturday, so the lightning duties fall on the shoulders of Montee Ball. While he runs more like Clay, he is still different enough to be a change-up back if needed. If nothing else, Ball can give Clay a breather since Clay hasn't broken the 30 carry barrier this season. If he does well enough, he might earn himself a spot in the offense when White returns.

2, Battle of the ends

J.J. Watt has proven himself worthy of defensive player of the year candidate. His main competition will be on the other sideline Saturday in the form of Big Ten sack and tackle for loss leader Ryan Kerrigan. The Badgers (Gabe Carimi in particular) have done a good job against the other top ends in the Big Ten, Cam Heyward and Adrian Clayborn, but Kerrigan is a different animal. Kerrigan gets in the backfield much more than the others and could give the Wisconsin o-line trouble if they don't target him on every possession.

3. Saturday morning Toon

Nick Toon has seen his share of injury time this year. He should be back on the field Saturday, and needs to adjust to game speed better than he did against Michigan State the last time he came back from injury. Getting him healthy and game ready could be key for the match-up against a decimated secondary in Ann Arbor.

4. Who's snap is it anyway?

Purdue is going through players like crazy. Sean Robinson will be starting at quarterback Saturday, the third starting quarterback this year for the Boilermakers. He hasn't fared well in his previous appearances, putting up QB ratings of 65 and 73. He's a slight threat to run, but in his 18 attempts he's only put up 22 yards. Playing at home for the first time should give him a slight confidence boost, but the Badger defensive line could put fear in him in a hurry.

5. Style Points

Purdue has been destroyed in its last two games. If the Badgers want to stay in front of Ohio State in the polls should the Buckeyes win in Iowa City in a few weeks, they are going to have to impress in all aspects of the game and ring up a big point differential.

Fearless Prediction

Wisconsin has absolutely dominated Purdue in its last two meetings. I don't see Purdue changing that any time soon, especially given the injuries that the offense has suffered. Badgers should roll.

Wisconsin 41 Purdue 13

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