Predictions - Wisconsin vs. Purdue

Predictions - Wisconsin vs. Purdue

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Predictions - Wisconsin vs. Purdue

Looking to snap a two-game road losing streak, Wisconsin (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) plays its final Big Ten regular-season road game when it plays at Ross-Ade Stadium against Purdue (5-5, 4-3 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon. The Badgers Insider Staff gives our game and a score prediction for the matchup.

Brian Becker – Purdue 28, Wisconsin 17

Can Wisconsin’s offense keep pace? Even if its defense can hold Purdue below its Big Ten scoring average (32.1 points per game), the offense needs to generate a rhythm under likely starting quarterback Jack Coan. Even though Purdue ranks last in pass defense over Big Ten play, Wisconsin’s struggles in the passing game mean the Badgers will need to rely heavily on Jonathan Taylor and the running game. With Wisconsin only averaging 147.1 passing yards over Big Ten play, it is hard to see the Badgers consistently taking advantage of a weak secondary.

Defensively, Wisconsin is going to have to disrupt an offense that’s averaging 449.1 yards of total offense over Big Ten play and stop a player in Rondale Moore who’s a threat whenever he touches the ball. It will be a challenge, especially with Purdue relying on the passing game (57.3 percent of its offensive plays have been passes in Big Ten play). The combination of Andrew Van Ginkel and Zack Baun have to create the kind of pressure like they did last week when they combined for two sacks.

However, due to the challenges Wisconsin’s offense is currently facing when it comes to generating a consistent offensive rhythm, Purdue beats Wisconsin and snaps a current 12 game losing streak to the Badgers.

Becker’s Record: 7-3

Billy Hirschfeld – Wisconsin 21, Purdue 17

Though the Badgers had a tough loss last week, I feel they will recover from that against a Purdue team also trying to rebound, albeit a much uglier 41-10 loss at Minnesota. Purdue will come out hot against the Badgers with its offense, but the Badgers will come up late and take the ‘W’ from the Boilermakers.

Hirschfeld’s Record: 7-3

Logan Samp – Wisconsin 27, Purdue 24

Purdue is a team that has shown up and performed against the good opponents and haven’t against lesser talent. Wisconsin from the start this year has underperformed and been disappointing. Bright spots for both teams have been their offensive stars tailback Jonathan Taylor for Wisconsin and wide receiver Rondale Moore for Purdue. Both will be big components of each team’s offensive plans coming into the game. Ultimately, I think it boils down to who is under center for Wisconsin. Hornibrook plays, the Badgers win. Hornibrook doesn’t play, a second straight loss. I am going to bank on him playing, so a Badger win it is.

Samp’s Record: 8-2

Benjamin Worgull – Purdue 31, Wisconsin 20

Unlike Mr. Samp, I don’t believe Hornibrook will play. As of Thursday, the junior quarterback was still in the concussion protocol and hasn’t practiced all week. Even though he’s a veteran, I don’t think head coach Paul Chryst will trot out a quarterback who hasn’t practiced in two weeks. Therefore, prepare yourself for Jack Coan: Episode III.

Purdue has scored at least 30 points in six of its last eight games, meaning the Boilermakers aren’t likely to be held down so easily after playing meekly in Minneapolis last weekend. Wisconsin’s defense is doing the best it can but the margin for error is so razor thin with how poorly UW’s offense – outside Jonathan Taylor – is playing. If Purdue gets its offense rolling, there’s no way the Badgers with Coan under center can keep up.

Another valiant effort but yet another loss for Wisconsin, as Purdue covers the 4-point spread.

Worgull’s Record: 8-2

Worgull’s Record vs. spread: 6-4

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