The first thing your favorite Turkey has to say is that those of us who will be unable to travel to West Lafayette for this game will not have to put up with Pam Ward and Mike Gottfried, as the Penn State vs. Purdue game is a regional ABC telecast. Much of the Northeast and Midwest will receive the broadcast, as will South Florida. The announcers will be Eric Collins and Andre Ware.
Purdue (5–3, 2-2 Big Ten) is coming off their worst effort of the season, a 24–3 loss to Wisconsin. However, the #17 Badgers have lost only once, to Michigan, and they can be regarded being one of the top three in the Big Ten, along with Michigan and Ohio State. Purdue, in fact, has lost to only ranked teams: Iowa, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. The same can be said for Penn State (5–3, 3–2 Big Ten), which has lost to Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. In the Big Ten, both have beaten Minnesota and Northwestern by similar scores. So, given the similarity of records and the quality of opponents, this matchup looks pretty even. But is it?