Louie Longshot: Nebraska-Purdue
KICKOFF: 11 a.m.
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind. (62,500 capacity)
WEST LAFAYETTE FORECAST: High of 79 degress, chance of thunderstorms
RADIO: KLIQ (94.5 FM), KLRB (97.3 FM), KBBN (98.3 FM), KQKY (105.9 FM), KGFW (1340 AM), KAWL (1370 AM), KRGI (1430 AM), Star 97 (97.3 FM)
RECORDS: Nebraska 4-1, 1-0 Big Ten, Purdue 1-4, 0-1.
LINE: Nebraska by 14 1/2.
SERIES: Purdue leads 1-0
- The Matchup
When Nebraska has the ball
Nebraska is second in the conference in rushing and ninth nationally at 291.6 yards per game. Purdue’s defense is 10th in the conference and 87th overall in rushing defense at 183. 2 per game. With redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong at quarterback, you can expect to see a healthy dose of Ameer Abdullah again this week. Armstrong has shown a nice touch on his passes when he gets his feet square and throws off his back foot. Purdue is decent in the secondary but very thin at safety. That’s why former starting quarterback Rob Henry may play some at safety against the Huskers. EDGE: NEBRASKA
When Purdue has the ball
Nebraska’s defense hasn’t been great, although the Huskers did show improvement against Illinois last week. Purdue’s offense is 116th nationally in rushing at just 87 yards a game, 82nd in passing (214.6) and 117th in total offense (301.6). This could be a game where the Husker defense shows an even bigger jump than it did between the last two games. Bo Pelini and John Papuchis continue to make adjustments as the season goes along. With a bunch of redshirt freshmen and some sophomores playing, there is a lot of growing that can be done between now and the end of the season. EDGE: NEBRASKA
The Boilermakers do have a good punter in Cody Webster, who is second in the nation in punting at 45.3 yards per punt. Other than that...It’s the first road game for the Huskers this year. There might be some doubt as to how redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong will handle his first road trip, but those who know him don’t seem too concerned. Armstrong seems unflappable most of the time, and he appears to understand that he doesn’t have to try and win the game for the Huskers. All he has to do is his job and let Ameer Abdullah, the receivers and a veteran offensive line carry the load. EDGE: NEBRASKA
Overall outlook: The Purdue offense has struggled. This could be a chance for the Blackshirts to shine.
PREDICTION: NEBRASKA 35, PURDUE 13
- Bob Hamar, Independent Sports Editor
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am
Posted on Oct 12, 2013
Nebraska is nearly halfway through its regular season
The Huskers will hit that halfway point when they play at Purdue Saturday in West Lafayete, Ind.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am.