The Purdue Boilermakers are coming into Happy Valley at the wrong time with up to six starters missing this game due to injury. The two biggest offensive weapons that Purdue has in Quarterback Elijah Sindelar and Wide Receiver Rondale Moore will both miss this game. With all that firepower missing Purdue is going to have to find a different an creative ways to move the ball against one of the fastest defenses in the country. My guess would be King Doerue will be leaned on heavily but against one of the best rush defenses it will be tough sledding. If Purdue is going to make this game interesting they’re going to have to get the ball on the edges and have some big plays. The defense is also going to have to improve to keep this game close as they have given up 72 points the last two games against sub-par offenses. Penn State has struggled on third downs this season and the game plan has to be to keep them off the field.
Penn State is coming off their most impressive performance of the early season in a dismantling victory over the Maryland Terrapins. After struggling against Pittsburgh the Nittany Lions may be hitting their stride. Sean Clifford has looked good while replacing Trace McSorley and the playbook seems to be opening up for him. Penn State is getting the ball to their playmakers and are very explosive. It appears that Penn State is going to continue to use the stable of running backs which keeps them all fresh. KJ Hamler is starting to get going as well and seems to be building chemistry with Clifford. The only disappointing aspect of the offense this year has been Pat Freiermuth has yet to really get on track but this could be that week. With a banged up Purdue team coming in Penn State should be able to roll pretty easily this week.