Purdue at UCONN - 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Purdue at UCONN - 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier via Imagn Content Services, LLC

UCONN Huskies (0-2) vs Purdue Boilermakers (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field)

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The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to Pratt & Whitney Stadium to take on the UConn Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Purdue Boilermakers kicked off their 2021 with a solid 30-21 victory over the Oregon State Beavers this past Saturday. Purdue led by a 16-7 margin going into halftime and was able to pull away late after 50-yard TD reception gave the Boilermakers a two-possession lead with just 2:09 left in the 4th quarter. Purdue outgained Oregon State by a 401-363 margin while each team committed one turnover. Offensively, Purdue was led by QB Jack Plummer who completed 29 of 41 passes for 313 yards & 2 TD. The leading targets for Plummer and the Boilermakers were David Bell (8 rec, 134 yards), Payne Durham (7 rec, 120 yards, 2 TD), & Jackson Anthrop (7 rec, 34 yards). Leading the way for the Purdue backfield was Zander Horvath who had 81 rushing yards and a TD on 21 carries.

Defensively, Purdue was solid against the Oregon State rushing attack, holding the Beavers to just 78 yards (3.1 yds/carry). The Boilermakers only allowed the Beavers to gain 15 first downs and was led by Jalen Graham (6 tackles, 1 sack, 3 PD) & George Karlaftis (4 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 2 PD).

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The UConn Huskies dropped to 0-2 on the season after being defeated by the FCS Holy Cross Crusaders, 38-28, this past Saturday. UConn struggled on both ends of the field against Holy Cross and could not fight back after the Crusaders took a 31-21 lead on a Tyler Purdy 3-yard TD pass with 6:43 left in the 3rd quarter. UConn was outgained by Holy Cross by a 363-262 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin in the loss. Offensively, UConn was led by QB Jack Zergiotis who completed 17 of 41 passes for 174 yards, 3 TD, & 3 INT. The leading receivers for the Huskies were Keelan Marion (3 rec, 60 yards, 2 TD), Cameron Ross (3 rec, 23 yards), Cameron Hairston (2 rec, 21 yards), & Jayce Medlock (2 rec, 19 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Huskies backfield was Kevin Mensah who had 66 yards & 21 carries.

Defensively, UConn struggled against the Holy Cross rushing attack as they allowed the Crusaders to rush for 226 yards & 2 TD’s. Leading the way for the Huskies defense was Omar Fortt (12 tackles, 2 TFL), Jackson Mitchell (11 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 PD), & Kevon Jones (9 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL).

The Boilermakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 September games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The Huskies are 14-36-2 ATS in their last 52 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.  

Purdue has had a couple of down years, however, the Boilermakers are primed for a solid bounce back season behind one of the better passing offenses in the country. UConn has been outscored by an 83-28 margin so far this season and look like they might even be worse than the team that ranked just 120th in scoring offense & 128th in scoring defense in 2019. The UConn program is in absolute shambles right now and between the fact that their head coach, Randy Edsall, stepped down earlier this week and that I think the Purdue offense will be able to put up 50+ on the Huskies defense, I’m taking Purdue to cover this large spread. Good Luck!  

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Brett’s Pick Purdue Boilermakers +34

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