Canceled: Purdue at Indiana: 12/18/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Canceled: Purdue at Indiana: 12/18/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosiers (6-1) vs Purdue Boilermakers (2-4)

Game Info: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)

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The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN) to take on the 12th ranked Indiana Hoosiers this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Purdue Boilermakers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 37-27, on December 5th. Purdue struggled defensively against the Cornhuskers and could not fight back after a 10-yard TD reception by Nebraska’s Wyatt Liewer gave the Cornhuskers a 27-10 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Purdue was outgained by Nebraska by a 364-332 margin and didn’t force any turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Boilermakers was QB Jack Plummer who completed 33 of 47 passes for 334 yards & 3 TD.

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On the season, Purdue is averaging 27.2 ppg on 390.5 total yards per game (309.0 passing yds/g; 81.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Purdue has been led by WR David Bell who had 53 receptions for 625 yards 7 8 TD. QB Jack Plummer has completed 71.0% of his passes for 938 yards, 8 TD, & 2 INT. The other top receivers outside of David Bell have been Milton Wright (24 rec, 305 yards, 2 TD), Rondale Moore (35 rec, 270 yards), and Payne Durham (16 rec, 166 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Boilermakers backfield has been Zander Horvath who has 442 rushing yards & 2 TD on 89 carries while also hauling in 30 receptions for 304 yards.

Defensively, Purdue is allowing their opponents to average 29.8 ppg on 399.0 total yards per game (254.2 passing yds/g; 144.8 rushing yds/g).

The 12th ranked Indiana Hoosiers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the 16th ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 14-6, on December 5th. Indiana’s defense was outstanding at keeping the Badgers off the scoreboard and was able to hold on the victory after a 7-yard TD reception by Whop Philyor gave Indiana a 14-3 lead with 11:03 left in the 3rd quarter. Indiana was outgained by Wisconsin by a 342-217 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoosiers was QB Jack Tuttle who completed 13 of 22 passes for 130 yards & 2 TD’s.

On the season, Indiana is averaging 30.1 ppg on 358.1 total yards per game (258.0 passing yds/g; 100.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, took a major hit with a season ending ACL injury to QB Michael Penix Jr. (56.4 CMP %, 1,645 yards, 14 TD, 4 INT) and will now need to rely on QB Jack Tuttle (66.7 CMP %, 161 yards, 2 TD). The top receiving threats for the for the Hoosiers have been Ty Fryfogle (34 rec, 687 yards, 7 TD), Whop Philyor (36 rec, 414 yards, 3 TD), Miles Marshall (17 rec, 257 yards, TD), and Peyton Hendershot (23 rec, 151 yards, 4 TD).

Defensively, Indiana is holding their opponents to an average of 19.4 ppg on 361.7 total yards per game (226.0 passing yds/g; 135.7 rushing yds/g).

The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Hoosiers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Purdue hasn’t been able to pick up many wins lately, however, the Boilermakers have been competitive as their last 4 losses have come by just an average of just 6.8 ppg. Indiana has had an incredible season, however, Purdue has a passing attack that certainly can put up some points on the tough Hoosiers defense and as losing Michael Penix Jr. is such a major blow to the Indiana offense, I think Purdue does enough on the road here to cover with the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Purdue Boilermakers +10.5

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