#24 Nittany Lions Face Boilermakers in Noon Start
Our newly ranked #24 Nittany Lions (5-2, 4-1 Big Ten) travel to West Lafayette, Indiana for their high noon showdown with the Purdue Boilermakers (3-4, 1-3), who are coming off a 27-14 loss to Nebraska. Penn State is, of course, into irrational elation territory after its surprise, 24-21 victory over #2 Ohio State.
For Penn State, winning this game confers minimal bowl eligibility upon their beleaguered program, and they’ll almost certainly get a bid for a better bowl than would a less well-traveled team. On the other hand, the Boilermakers will need to win three of their remaining five games to establish eligibility. Aside from this game, which we’ll presume Penn State will win, select three from Purdue’s remaining opponents: Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Indiana. They better sharpen up their game in a hurry if they want to be a part of the post-season. [Continue reading]