Friday, October 15, 2010

Homecoming Predicto

Tomorrow looks pretty perfect in God's country- Near-70, sunny and it's Homecoming Saturday. Mrs. Boilerdowd, LBD and MBD will all be with me on campus for the contest...but we still have some question marks about tickets (we're trying to get three on the cheap as the 9 month old hasn't been to a game yet...not sure how she'll do). Regardless, can't wait until tomorrow as a wounded Goldy gets backed into the corner that is Ross-Ade stadium.

Tim says:
The fact that this Purdue team is favored by 6 over the Gophers speaks worlds about the current state of Minnesota football.

Henry needs to figure out how to pass the ball. If he has less than 100 yards passing, Purdue is going to have a hard time scoring, let alone, winning this one. Minnesota isn't lighting the college football world on fire either as this game has the 72nd ranked offense and the 95th. It doesn't even matter which is which, they're both bad. Purdue has an edge on the defensive side of things though, so they should be able to slow down Goldy long enough to allow the offense to eek out some points.

10 years ago this game would've been 60-58. Tomorrow...

Purdue 24
Minnesota 20

J says:

This week, its my turn to be short. Zing!

Purdue must win this game in order to keep bowl hopes alive. They're playing in a getup they are 0-1 all time in. It's homecoming. Minnesota is terrible. 2-0 in conference is within grasp. All of this, sadly, makes me think they'll find a way to screw up.

That said, I can't pick them to lose to Minny.

Purdue 23
Minnesota 21

boilerdowd says:

What a position to be in. A couple weeks ago, Purdue was left for dead by almost, they get to play a team that some think could have an historically-bad conference season.

My wife asked the question if Minnesota wouldn't simply stack the defense and stop Purdue's run. Well, I think they'll try to...and I think they'll fail. This is a bad Minnesota team...and their strength is running between the tackles...something Purdue's front stops pretty well (as long as the back doesn't start bouncing outside). Even with (typically) ginormous lineman, Minny is only averaging 3.8 yds/carry.

Noteworthy stats: Minnesota is 8th in rush offense, 11th in rush defense, 11th in scoring defense...sure, Purdue's no world beater...but I think Purdue will get better in the coming weeks...Minny won't.

I really like White Lightning's presence as a QB- he looks poised and seems to have command of the field. I don't like Henry's accuracy a whole bunch at this point, but I do think last week's sub-100 yard game isn't going to be the norm. I look for the receivers to catch the ball more-consistently or to see RBs catching the ball in the flat and TEs to be dragging underneath for cheap stuff.

If not, perhaps we'll see the wing-T in a week or two. I don't give a damn, long as they win.

Purdue 24

Minnesota 13

    To Your Call Once More We Rally;
    Alma Mater Hear Our Praise.
    Where The Wabash Spreads Its Valley;
    Filled With Joy Our Voices Raise.
    From The Skies In Swelling Echoes
    Come The Cheers That Tell The Tale
    Of Your Vict'ries And Your Heros,
    Hail Purdue! We Sing All Hail!

    Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
    All Hail To Our Old Gold And Black!
    Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
    Our Friendship May She Never Lack.
    Ever Grateful, Ever True,
    Thus We Raise Our Song Anew;
    Of The Days We've Spent With You,
    All Hail Our Own Purdue!


Scruffy_P said...

Hooray a predicto! My call is for us to start throwing early and running late (as we'll have a good lead). I honestly think this Minnesota team is a few bad quarters away from collapsing emotionally.

Henry throws for 150ish, runs for 110ish. ATM sighting in the second quarter, and Kerrigan 2 sacks.

Purdue 27 v Minnesota 10

Erin said...

Purdue has some promotion on facebook where you can get $10 tickets for the game.

zlionsfan said...

When two bad teams meet each other, the results can be unpredictable. We know that Minnesota is bad. We know that Purdue has played poorly at times. What we don't know is if they will do so tomorrow.

If the Boilers will play down to the level of their opposition, we will all be angry. If they play to the best of their abilities, Tim Brewster will be making sad faces.

Naturally, I'm splitting the difference. Purdue jumps out to an early lead, holds on for most of the game, then falters near the end to give the Gophers slim hopes.

Purdue 26
Minnesota 15

zlionsfan said...

FWIW, ESPN is reporting that Saturday's game will determine Brewster's future: he'll not return next year if Purdue wins. (It seems to imply that he will return if they beat Purdue. Somehow, I can't see going 2-10 and losing at home to Penn State prompting the AD to retain Brewster.)

So, Boilers ... see if you can get someone fired, m'kay?

zlionsfan said...


Plang said...

They just announced that Robbie Hummel is out for the season with a torn ACL. Probably re-tore the same one as last year.


zlionsfan said...

If consolation is possible, the football team is providing it. They're playing like a bowl-eligible team right now.

Minnesota, on the other hand, looks like a team that can't even beat a I-AA team.

And how about Arkansas State?

Handel said...

Nice win by Purdue looks like B-dowd was on point with the margin of victory. Good to see this team basically taking care of business against minny... obviously I'm sure it was a somber feeling at the stadium. But we'll bounce back. Thats what boilermakers do I suppose