Purdue 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Purdue Boilermakers Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Purdue: O/U 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds: +25000

The Purdue Boilermakers will be entering the 2020 campaign with higher expectations than their 2019 record.  Purdie finished the 2019 season with a record of (4-8), while going (3-6) in Big Ten play. The offense averaged 25.8 points per game, which ranked 87th in the FBS.  The defense allowed 30.6 points per contest. Purdue ranked 86th in points allowed per game. The head coach for Purdue is Jeff Brohm. Get College Football Predictions at Pick Dawgz.

Purdue will be led on offense by quarterback Jake Plummer.  Plummer was a freshman last season, but still managed to throw for 1,603 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.  Quarterback Aidan O’Connell also threw for over 1,000 yards, while collecting 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions as a sophomore. The backfield was led by freshman King Doerue.  Doerue rushed for 451 yards and 5 touchdowns on 130 attempts. David Bell had an impressive season for Purdue as a freshman. The freshman while slotted as a wide receiver, hauled in 86 receptions for 1,035 yards and 7 touchdowns.  The youngsters gained valuable experience a year ago, which should hopefully pay dividends this season. 

As a team the defense totaled 23  sacks and 9 interceptions. Derrick Barnes led the team in sacks as a junior with 7.5.  George Karlaftis also had 7.5 sacks to lead the way along with Branes. Both Barnes and Karlaftis will be hoping to get to opposing quarterbacks more often during the 2020 season. Defensive back Dedrick Mackey had a solid sophomore season, totaling 7 passes defended, while adding 3 interceptions.  Safety Corey Trice recorded 3 interceptions and 35 tackles as a freshman. Both players will be back roaming the secondary for Purdue during the 2020 campaign. 

Let us take a look at the Purdue schedule for the 2020 season. 

Sept. 5 at Nebraska

Sept. 12 Memphis

Sept. 19 Air Force

Sept. 26 at Boston College

Oct. 10 Rutgers

Oct. 17 at Illinois

Oct. 24 at Michigan

Oct. 31 Northwestern 

Nov. 7 at Minnesota

Nov. 14 Wisconsin

Nov. 21 Iowa

Nov. 28 at Indiana

Purdue finished the 2019 season with 4 wins and the projected win total for the 2020 season is 5.5.  The Boilermakers would need to finish the 2020 season with 2 additional wins to cover this total. Let’s see if that is possible with their schedule. 

Purdue has a non-conference schedule that consists of Memphis, Air Force, and at Boston College.  Purdue will have a tough task with Memphis at home, but will beat Air Force. The game at Boston College could go either way.  Looking at the conference slate, Purdue will more than likely lose 4 games for sure (at Michigan, at Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa).  That leaves Purdue with wins over Rutgers and Northwestern at home. The rest of the schedule has games at Nebraska, Illinois, and Indiana. I think Illinois is better this season, so I will figure a loss. 

Purdue looks to have 3 games that should end in wins as a result, 5 games that will be 5 losses, and 3 toss up games.  The toss up games are home against Memphis, at Boston College, and at Indiana. The offense has their core players returning.  Those core players saw a lot of valuable experience as underclassmen a season ago. I’m going to take Purdue to cover and win at least 2 of these toss up games, which would give Purdue a cover on the win total.            

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