Ohio State v Purdue Preview

Ohio State v Purdue Preview

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Ohio State v Purdue Preview

Ohio State welcomes Purdue to Ohio Stadium today after a bad loss on the road to the Wisconsin Badgers. Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes will try to rebound against a team that upset them last season 26-18. The Buckeyes fell in the national ranks from first to eleventh after last weekends loss and hope to finish the rest of the season strong, winning the Big Ten or sneaking back into the national championship game.

By Steve Patterson

The Buckeyes will need some help to win the Big Ten this season as Michigan State remains undefeated and does not play Ohio State. Ohio State has won three outright Big Ten titles over the past five years and shared the title the other two years.

Ohio State will hope to shore up their special teams this weekend after allowing Wisconsin an opening kickoff touchdown last week. A slight concern also is the number of turnovers Pryor had last year against the Boilermakers in West Lafayette. Pryor threw 2 interceptions in last years upset and fumbled the ball an additional two times.

The Buckeyes opponent, Purdue, has had injury setbacks this season losing starting quarterback Robert Mavre while on their way to a Toledo loss. Backup quarterback Rob Henry has had a very good two games since replacing Mavre, beating both Northwestern and Minnesota to open their Big Ten schedule. He has a good combination of throwing ability and running ability that gives defenses plenty to worry about.

Another player that has done well for Purdue as of late is senior tailback Dan Dierking. Against Minnesota, Dierking ran for 126 yards and has been part of an offense that has put up over 200 yards a game on the ground their last five outings. Ohio State gave up 184 yards on the ground last week to Wisconsin, so Purdue would like to test the run defense of the Buckeyes today. Few teams have had success running the ball against Ohio State this year, Purdue hopes they will be different.

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
Pasadena
ESPN 5:00pm ET
28-23

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET
77-31

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET
52-3

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
40-28

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
49-6

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
27-26

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET
49-26

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
30-14

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
20-49

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm
36-31

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA
26-6

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA
52-51

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET
62-39

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET
45-24