Friday, August 20, 2010

2010 Purdue Football: Game 12

As part of the BS football season preview at the end of August, we'd like the readers of BS to weigh in on the Boilermakers' chances in each of their games. Today, we discuss game 12.

For the first time in a while, the Big Ten season will extend at least through Thanksgiving, which is nice. As far as I can remember (and I'm too lazy to look it up), the Boilermakers haven't played a regular season game this late in the season (besides the 9/11-interrupted 2001 season) since they played IU on Thanksgiving in 1995.

The Boilers have owned the Hoosiers for most of their series, and recent history has been very kind to the men in black and gold. Since losing Jim Colletto's last bucket game in 1996, the Boilers have won all but two games -- a 13-7 loss at IU in 2001 and a 3-point loss that IU barely clung to in 2007. Otherwise, the last game of the season has been steamroller time, with the Boilers clearing 50 points four times since '96 and exceeding 60 points twice.

But you know all that. In fact, I'd have to say that with this game at home, there's absolutely no excuse -- no matter what kind of season they're having -- for our boys to not win this game by at least two to three touchdowns.

But hey, you tell us.


John M said...

As I mentioned over on Travis's blog, the 2001 Bucket game in Bloomington was after Thanksgiving as well, by design. I realize you mentioned 2001, but that year was one of those once-or-twice-a-decade situations in which the Big Ten scheduled its final games after Thanksgiving well before 9/11 happened, and then 9/11 further extended things into December.

The 1995 game was on a Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and was broadcast on ABC (some programming director presumably lost his job for that decision). The only decent player that either of those two wretched teams put on the field that day was Mike Allstott, and he ran for about 500 yards and 8 TDs, or so it seemed.

Georiga Boiler said...

I was at that 2001 game. Antwaan Randle El was the IU QB. Also to note, it was a MONSOON! I could barely see the field through the rain. Purdue would have won if not for the weather IMO. My girlfriend at the time who was not a Purdue fan was not amused. Needless to say that didn't last much longer.

One note, referring to IU as Crimson Jihad......Priceless. I am going to have to steal that one.

J Money said...

Ga Boiler -- as they say, both teams had to deal with the weather that day.

John -- My memory was that the '95 game was a Friday, too, but when I looked it up on cfb reference, it listed a date that a 1995 calendar showed as a Thursday. I was mucho confused. So something isn't kosher.

As for '01, I didn't realize that was intentionally scheduled for apres T-giving.

Joe said...

The Hawaii game was late in the season too

PWS said...
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PWS said...

Is #21 in the photo IU's starting running back? I have to say he's an upgrade no matter what position

J Money said...

They heard us talking about the Baby Boilers a few years ago and misunderstood.