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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Free Pick 10/12/13

Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1) at Purdue Boilermakers (1-4)

College Football: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Nebraska Cornhuskers head to Indiana on Saturday to face off against the Boilermakers.

The Purdue Boilermakers had this past weekend off, to prepare for the Huskers and lick their wounds after getting routed by the Northern Illinois Huskies 55-24.  The Boilermakers were able to move the ball against NIU, but Purdue just couldn’t hold onto the ball as Purdue turned the ball over five times against the Huskies.  Purdue went with two quarterbacks on the day against the Huskies, in Etling and Henry.  Etling saw the majority of the action against Northern Illinois, completing 19/39 for 241 yards and two scores.  Henry threw for 130 yards against the Huskies, but threw two picks against just one score.  Purdue had some success on the ground against the Huskies, rushing for 153 yards on 30 attempts (5.1 avg.).  It was the same old story for this Boilermaker team as Purdue just can’t seem to get out of the basement of the Big Ten.  Purdue finally has a day where they move the ball up and down the field, but turnovers and stupid penalties halted their efforts.  If the Boilermakers don’t have things clicking on Saturday against the Huskers, this game could get real ugly.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Free Pick 10/12/13

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have improved to 4-1 on the season this past weekend as the Huskers took care of business against the Fighting Illini in Lincoln.  Believe it or not, this will be Nebraska’s first road test of the year.  The Huskers looked solid against the Illini, racking up 521 total yards of offense.  Impressive considering QB Martinez didn’t play.  This game was never really close as the Huskers had a 17-0 lead before the Illini finally got on the board with a FG, and even then you could just see that the Huskers were in control.  This Husker team hasn’t always played well in the second halves of games, so it was nice to see that Nebraska was still effective against the Illini after the break.  Tommy Armstrong got the start against the Illini, and Armstrong was impressive, throwing for 135 yards and two scores, while not turning the ball over.  Senior Ron Kellogg III also saw action against Illinois, but Armstrong saw the majority of the action under center.  Ameer Abdullah went off against the Illini, racking up 225 yards on 20 attempts, averaging a crazy 11.3 yards per carry on the day.  Defensively the Blackshirts played better this week, flying around to the ball, but run defense is still a concern as the Huskers allowed 195 yards on the ground to the Illini (4.1 avg).

So far on the season the Huskers are 3-2 against the spread, while the Boilermakers are just 1-4 against the number.  As a home underdog this season, the Boilermakers are 1-1 against the number. 

The Huskers should roll here.  Pelini has struggled on the road in the past, so I look for Nebraska to come out on Saturday looking to show the rest of the Big Ten that they are to be taken seriously (yes I know it’s only Purdue).  No matter who is under center for Nebraska, they will have success against the Purdue defense.  The Boilermakers will be forced to try and play catch-up, and when you are averaging just 5.5 yards per pass on the year…that will be tough to do.  Look for the Huskers to roll here on Saturday.

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