Friday, October 19, 2007

Iowa Prediction

The Purdue Boilermakers will look for a little revenge and redemption this weekend as they host the 3-4 (1-3) Iowa Hawkeyes. Purdue will look to halt its two game losing streak and avoid the midseason swoon that has ended recent promising starts. Purdue will also look to avenge the 47-17 thumping they took at the hands of the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium last year. Iowa, picked to contend for the conference title, is struggling mightily this year having already lost to lowly Indiana and Iowa State. They do however, have a little momentum on their side after knocking off the Fighting Zookers last weekend.

As mentioned, the Boilers were humbled last season in a 47-17 beatdown that currently stands as the worst loss of the Tiller era. At the time, Iowa was coming off a tough loss to Ohio State and used the Boilers to take out their frustration. This time its the Hawkeyes who are starting a first year QB and are ripe for the picking. Word is that Coach Tiller has had this game circled on the schedule for some time. Expect the Boilers to come out fired up and ready to go. Just ask Ryan Baker how much he is looking forward to this game.

The last two outings for Purdue have been embarrassing. They were disturbing. The good news is that the Boilers are not penalized for losing ugly. Two losses to the best 2 teams in the conference does not constitute the end of the world or a lost season. Purdue was over matched physically on the lines and lost to teams that were their superior. This team can regroup and finish the season strong. Every game remaining on the schedule is very winnable. Tom Kubat of the J&C provides some well stated perspective on this topic.

The Hawkeyes are led at QB by former 4 star recruit and current disappointment Jake Christensen. Jake leads an absolute anemic Iowa offense that ranks #109 in the country as far as yards per game, averaging a mere 313.9 yds per. The Hawkeyes have struggled with offensive line play of late and made several changes last week at Illinois. Those making their Hawkeye debut were true freshman Bryan Bulaga and also Dan Doering, a former 5 star recruit. The Hawkeye defense has been stout ranking 14th nationally and giving up 301.9 yards per game, but haven't yet faced an offense quite like Purdue's.

Playing a team without elite talent of an Ohio State or Michigan is just what the doctor ordered for this Purdue offense. Purdue should also get a much needed boost with the early return of Jaycen Taylor from a broken arm. Look for the offense to get rolling again and moving the chains like they did in the first 5 games of the season. Painter has a much better day throwing the football as he will actually have time to throw. Dorien Bryant returns from his one week vacation and has a big day.