Week one. What a wonderful time. 2016 is gone, everyone starts at 0-0.
The 16th ranked Louisville Cardinals look to obtain their first win Saturday, against the Big Ten’s Purdue Boilermakers, in a rematch of a tie 30 years ago. The game is at Lucas Oil Stadium, Saturday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m.
Previewing the Boilermakers
Jeff Brohm joined Purdue in the offseason, and brings a new energy to Purdue Football. He brings in a 30-10 career record to a Purdue team that was 15-46 the past five years. He also got his start at Louisville, first as a quarterback, then as a coach under Bobby Petrino, both at UofL and Western Kentucky.
Brohm has a huge task ahead of him. Purdue is in the middle of a rebuild. The Boilermakers only won one Big Ten game in 2016, and only three wins overall. They do return 13 starters, as a positive note, including quarterback David Blough.
Blough completed 57 percent of his passes last season, with 3,352 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. His lack of receiving weapons make passing tricky. The only players that made noticeable noise last year were tight ends Cole Herdman and Bryce Hopkins. They combined for 45 receptions and 527 yards last season.
The Boilermakers will have to challenge Louisville’s defensive front on the ground to win.
They return all rushers. Markell Jones, Brian Lankford-Johnson, Tario Fuller, DJ Knox, and Richie Worship give Purdue a ton of options in the backfield. Louisville’s linebacker corps will be busy. Don’t expect too many inside rushes, Purdue’s offensive line struggled last year. It also hasn’t shown too many signs of improvement.
Analysis and prediction
Brohm will have success at Purdue. It will take time. Since his first game with his new school is against his old school, he’ll motivate Purdue to give Louisville everything they’ve got. It won’t be enough. Louisville’s defensive line is simply too fast.
The Cards will come out on top, to a score of 45-14.