Welcome to November! Today marks the start of a four-game schedule for the Huskers to close out the regular season. Nebraska’s road trip to Purdue is the first step to get to a bowl game. The Huskers need two more wins to be bowl eligible. After back to back losses, the Huskers will try to get back on the winning track against a Boilermaker team that has struggled all season due to injuries.
Purdue comes into the game with 2-and-6 record and a 1-and-4 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Coach Jeff Brohm’s team has been plagued by injuries. Both quarterbacks have been hurt and All-American Rondale Moore has missed several games with an injury. But the Boilermakers can still pass the ball with big numbers. Purdue averages 301 yards passing a game. They also complete 60 percent of their passes. Quarterback Jack Plummer will start the game and has thrown for 1,363 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Boilermakers have struggled in the rushing game with just 68 yards a game. Purdue ranks last in the Big Ten in rushing offense.
PLAYER TO WATCH: DAVID BELL
Bell leads all the receivers with 653 yards and four touchdowns. He averages almost 15 yards a catch. Bell is a big play threat in the Purdue offense.
Nebraska is favored by 3 points. The over-under is set at 58 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Nebraska will face one of the worst defenses in the league. The Boilermakers allow 28 points a game. They rank 11th in the Big Ten in total defense. So I think Nebraska will have a chance to score a lot of points on Saturday.
Adrian Martinez has worked out all week, so I would expect him to return after a knee injury. Coach Frost did not commit to a starting quarterback all week. But the Husker offense should be able to have success.
Kickoff is at 11 o’clock and will be chilly. The temperature will be 38 degrees and will feel like 33. The wind is expected to be 8 mph.
Nebraska 31 Purdue 24