The Boilers venture back to Madison, the site of a brutal beating they were subjected to in the first college game Caleb TerBush ever started. Can the Boilers exact revenge?
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|Wisky; Makers, All|
I don't like this game; no one had this marked as a 'win' at the beginning of the year and that hasn't really changed. They are only marginally higher ranked than Illinois when we beat them. At Home. With miracle Homecoming magic. Wisconsin is not a team to sleep on and anyone who does is ignorant.
Man, we've got some great rushers huh? Forget it. Monte Ball will melt the faces off of even the most talented Defensive Line. Needless to say, This worries me a lot. I expect Wilson to tear us apart through the air when needed, but we will probably see Ball take it to the house more often than not. None of these kids are going to want to drop out of the top 25, especially at home.
On our side, we're a little burned from how Ann Arbor turned out, but can we turn that into energy for a win? We couldn't keep the Illini momentum rolling last week, but this team loves adversity after all. TerBush will likely see the entire game after Marve's unfortunate drive last week. Caleb has the team on his side it seems, might as well give it a whirl.
Oh wait, this is Danny Hope. Marve will be out there at least 20% of the snaps.
I don't see us getting another 46 yard scamper with this talented secondary, but I could be wrong.
It's going to be ugly, but I think they will be gentle.
Wisky Dick 39
Tim, The Gentlest Lover of Any Large Man We've Ever Known:
I've been dreading this game ever since it was announced as being on national television. How many times do I really want the nation to see Purdue get trounced? The answer? Zero times. Unfortunately Notre Dame did just that and I fear Wisconsin is going to do even worse. Coming off back to back heart breakers, the Badgers are likely to run up the score in this one. However, the winds might align just right [Winds can align? -- J] and the Badgers could be feeling a little fragile at this point. Purdue is well aware of their role as underdog, so there's at least a chance for an upset. It may be 1 in a million, but it's a chance. Of course, the more likely outcome is probably along the lines of 79-0. BUT, there is a chance and at this point I'll take that because coming off the Notre Dame loss there was no chance at all.
THE University of Wisconsin 42
If you're a regular, you probably have heard us refer to games as "Sharpie games." This was coined by Boilerdowd back in 2007 and then mis-used by Seth Davis starting in about 2010. Anyway, a Sharpie game is a game you can write the "W" or, as we usually reference it, the "L" in Sharpie because there is no doubt. With Purdue football, it was often pretty easy to Sharpie the losses -- they were easy to see coming and very predictable. Danny Hope, to his credit (I guess) is less predictable. As such, we actually haven't pulled out the Sharpie in quite a while.
To my recollection, the last time we felt Sharpie-ish was the Ohio State game in 2009 -- and we know how that turned out. A rare incorrect Sharpie call. However, sadly, here we are in 2011 and facing a Wisconsin team who, for the entire season, we have genuinely feared (we being us, not the team). As we've said, we really like how Coach Hope gets these guys fired up for certain games and how they don't back down (witness the jawing and facemask grabbing away from the play between UM's receivers and Purdue's DBs last week) from anybody.
What I'm saying is that I fully expect our boys to go out there and put forth the effort and do their best to execute the game plan. However, Wisconsin needs this win a lot -- it probably would have been better for Purdue if Wisconsin had been undefeated at this point; more chance of being overlooked. Instead, I think you'll see a very focused Badger team, who will be eager to lay the wood to somebody after two gut-wrenching defeats. It's unfortunate that our Boilers are in their path.
|What they lack in class,|
they make up in...
I just got finished writing a prediction for the guys over at wiscobadgers.com so my thoughts are fresh and organized...and the more I think about this game, the less I like it.
I watched Danny Hope's TV show yesterday, and am positive the view from his sideline post showed him a different game than what I saw on TV at UM...and that's what bothers me. Sure, the good guys held Robinson in check for chunks of the game, but the defense couldn't stop any of UM's running backs and there wasn't enough pressure put on him to stop him from throwing strikes to the middle of the field.
Wisconsin has better RBs, a better passing QB (who can run by the way) and a better offensive line.
On the other side of the ball, while they've struggled versus desperation passes and against the run a bit, they're probably a better defense than UM too. If Wisconsin gets out in front by a lot early, it'll play right into the Badgers' hands as Nord and Co. will abandon the run at that point. I'm not excited about this game...but will be watching and pulling for the good guys just the same.