Purdue vs Nebraska Prediction - College Football Picks 10/28/23

Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-3) vs Purdue Boilermakers (2-5)

Game Info: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium)

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The Purdue Boilermakers will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Purdue has lost four out of five games, while Nebraska has won four of their last five. 

Purdue Preview

The Purdue Boilermakers are 2-5 (1-3) this year after they lost to Ohio State by a score of 41-7 in their last game. Purdue trailed 20-0 at the half, but they did find the end zone in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout. The Boilermakers were out gained by a total of 486-257, but did force two turnovers in the game. Purdue’s only win in their last five games came against Illinois at home. The Purdue offense is scoring 23 points per game with 232.1 passing yards per game and 138.6 rushing yards per game, while going 41% on third downs. Hudson Card has thrown for 1,617 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions for the Boilermakers this season. Devin Mockobee has rushed for 478 yards and four touchdowns, while Deion Burks has caught 27 passes for 418 yards and five scores. The Purdue defense is allowing 29.9 points against per game this year. 

Nebraska Preview

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 4-3 (2-2) this season after they defeated Northwestern by a score of 17-9 in their last game. Nebraska led 10-6 at halftime and was able to score first in the second half to stretch the lead to two possessions. The Cornhuskers were out gained by a total of 257 -248 and turned the ball over two times in the game. Nebraska has won four of their last five games, including two Big Ten games in a row against Northwestern and Illinois. The Nebraska offense is averaging 18.7 points per game with 133.7 passing yards per game and 195.1 rushing yards per game, while going 37.2% on third downs. Heinrich Haarberg has thrown for 716 yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions, while rushing for 424 yards and four touchdowns for the Cornhuskers this season. Anthony Grant has rushed for 302 yards and three scores, while Thomas Fidone II has caught 15 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. The Nebraska defense is giving up 19.3 points against per game this season.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Team Facts

  • Nebraska has won eight of its last nine matches at Memorial Stadium when playing with a rest disadvantage.
  • The road team has covered the spread in each of Nebraska's last four games.
  • Nebraska has won the first half in three of its last four games against conference opponents at Memorial Stadium.
  • Each of Nebraska's last four home games in October have gone UNDER the total points line.

Purdue Boilermakers Team Facts

  • Purdue has won four of its last six October games as a road underdog.
  • Purdue has covered the spread in each of its last four games as an underdog against Nebraska.
  • Eight of Purdue's last 10 October games as a road underdog have gone UNDER the total points line.


Nebraska comes into this matchup on a two game winning streak and they are looking to get one win closer to a bowl berth here. Purdue has really struggled and they have been out scored 61-21 in their last two games. Neither one of these teams is very good, but this Nebraska team is very one dimensional. The Cornhuskers like to run the ball every chance they get and they have a hard time passing when they need to. Luckily for Nebraska, their defense has been pretty good this season. I think we are going to see a lower scoring game here, as the Nebraska rushing attack chews the clock. Take the under in this one. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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