BadgerNation got back on form last week with a very solid prediction and five keys for the 37-0 pasting of a hapless Rutgers squad.
Speaking of hapless, this week Wisconsin faces a Purdue squad that they have beaten eight straight times by an average score of 36-12. The Boilermakers are also 1-12 in conference play in the last two seasons.
1, Keep on Keeping On
The keys all lean heavily in the Badgers favor. Few things can change the momentum and none of them (strange weather, injuries, travelling two time zones, hostile environment, unusual starting time) apply for this game. An 11 central kick in cold but clear weather against a poor opponent with a healthy squad playing before a disinterested squad. The Badgers will win this game.
2, Living in Purdue’s Backfield
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s defense was built for this type of offense. After the demolition of Maryland and Rutgers, Wisconsin faces a Purdue’s offense as a lesser version of Maryland or Rutgers, rank 80th in points scored. Expect the Badgers defense to harass presumed starting QB Austin Appleby all day long.
3, Purdue Injuries
4, Running Backs
Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement have been on a roll. Meanwhile Akeem Hunt is a decent running back for Purdue with a respectable 5.6 yards per carry, but Wisconsin held him to 31 yards in 2013. This should be a substantial UW advantage.
5, Decent UW QB Play
In other words better than every previous game this season. This should not be a key to victory, as other components of this team have been able to drag the team to victory. Rather very poor quarterback play can cause defeat. Hopefully UW plans on minimizing QB play.
Fearless prediction: Wisconsin 42 Purdue 7