MADISON, Wis. – For the second consecutive week, the University of Wisconsin will enter a road game as an underdog. Hosting the Badgers on Saturday, Purdue opened as a six-point favorite, according to Vegas Insiders.
The point spread is affected by the health of quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who has missed all or parts of the last three games with a concussion.
Eliminated from the Big Ten championship game Saturday based on its 22-10 loss at Penn State and Northwestern’s 14-10 win at Iowa, the Badgers (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) are 1-3 on the road this season.
Owning a 48-29-8 record in the all-time series, UW has beaten the Boilermakers (5-5, 4-3) 12 straight times, extending the longest win streak by either team in series history and the second-longest streak by UW against a Big Ten team all-time (14 straight vs. Minnesota, 2004-present)
Wisconsin beat Purdue, 17-9, last year thanks to Jonathan Taylor and the Badgers’ defense. Taylor ran for 219 yards on 30 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown, and Wisconsin held Purdue to only 221 yards of total offense and zero touchdowns on four red zone trips.
Purdue has undergone a resurgence under second-year coach Jeff Brohm. The Boilers went 7-6 last season and won a bowl game (both firsts for the program since 2011) and have beaten three ranked teams this season – No.17 Boston College, No.10 Ohio State, No.21 Iowa – at home this season.
The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Ross-Ade Stadium and be televised on the Big Ten Network.