Purdue vs. Ohio State Prediction
Big Ten rivals clash in Columbus, OH on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET when No. 4 Ohio State hosts No. 19 Purdue, which already has two upsets of top-25 teams this season (Iowa and Michigan State). Will the Boilermakers at least cover if they don’t become of history and pull off another stunner?
299 Nebraska Cornhuskers (-7) at 300 Illinois Fighting Illinois (+7); o/u 54
7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, November 13, 20201
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Purdue Boilermakers Game Notes
Purdue redshirt senior QB Aiden O'Connell completed 40-of-54 passes for 536 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-29 upset of Michigan State on Saturday. O'Connell (6'3/200) could not be stopped against the Spartans, as the redshirt senior signal caller set new career marks for completions and passing yardage. The Boilermakers were trendy upset picks this week and they showed why, converting 11-of-18 third downs while O'Connell averaged a crisp 9.9 yards per pass attempt. While he was superb all game long, his best play came on the initial score of the evening when he was heavily pressured and almost got sacked before breaking out of a pile to climb the pocket and deliver a five-yard touchdown strike to David Bell. With the game on the line and Purdue up one score, he led a 10-play, 76-yard field goal drive with just :41 remaining in the game to seal the victory. It was truly a signature win for O'Connell who will lead the 6-3 Boilermakers against Ohio State next Saturday.
Ohio State Buckeyes Game Notes
Ohio State freshman QB CJ Stroud completed 36-of-54 passes for 405 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 26-17 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. With Garrett Wilson missing the contest, Stroud (6'3/190) was locked onto Jaxon Smith-Njigba as 18 of his passes went to the dynamic slot receiver, including a his game long 75-yard strike. While he played well overall, the Nebraska defensive front was able to harass him into throwing two interceptions and multiple errant throws. Stroud didn't get much help from the OSU run game either, as they posted just 90 yards on 3.0 yards per carry on the day. The Buckeyes will have to avoid stalling out in the red zone for four field goals in the future, as they face Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan down the stretch.
Purdue vs. Ohio State Week 11 Betting Prediction
The underdog is 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams while the Boilermakers are 8-3 against the number in their last 11 games against the Buckeyes. Purdue is also 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games, are 20-7 against the number in their last 27 games as an underdog and are 7-2 at the betting window in their last nine games versus an opponent with a winning record. On the other side, the Buckeyes are just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games versus a team with a winning record and are 2-6 at the betting window in their last eight games as a home favorite.
College Football Week 11 Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers +21