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Purdue vs Minnesota Football Preview



Both the Boilermakers and Golden Gophers come into the sixth week of the season suffering blowout losses. Purdue fell to the Irish 38-10 while Minnesota was trounced by Michigan, 58-0.

With both teams struggling as the midway point of the seasons approaches, this won’t be the Big Ten’s marquee game on the schedule, but it should be an evenly matched contest.

After watching Robert Marve in action in last Saturday’s loss, Purdue head coach Danny Hope has decided to continue to start Caleb TerBush, the Boilers third-string quarterback coming into the 2011 football season. Fans can expect, however, to see Marve take a number of snaps against the Golden Gophers as Hope is reliant on the two-quarterback system in West Lafayette.


Neither team has shown much dominance on either side of the ball in the early goings, struggling to score points and force turnovers. The Gophers are averaging on 17 points per game and the Boilermakers, taking away the 59-0 romp of FCS opponent Southeast Missouri State, is only two points better per game, averaging 19 a contest.

The Gophers will need to get more production out of running back Duane Bennett and receiver Da’Jon McKnight if they want to have a glimmer of hope in the game on Saturday. The lone bright spot for the Gopher offense was the play of junior duel-threat quarterback Marqueis Gray who has passed for over 500 yards and added 300 more with his legs this season. Unfortunately for coach Jerry Kill and Minnesota, the spotlight was quickly turned off when Gray went down with a leg injury, leaving him stranded on the sidelines.

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For the Boilers, it will be the steady ground attack of Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers that will give Purdue the best chance at winning its Big Ten Conference opener. Purdue struggled last week, rushing for fewer than 100 yards against the Irish for the first time this season. That running attack has opened up the passing game, leaving open targets for an improving quarterback in TerBush.

Purdue is favored to beat Minnesota by 9.5 points this week, but don’t expect that to be the case. This will be a hard fought game between two of the Big Ten’s worst. It may be the final exciting game this teams play in, so expect this one to come down to the wire.


By: Dustin Schutte
BigTen-Fans.com Purdue Boilermakers Correspondent



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