Northwestern Wildcats (4-5) at Purdue Boilermakers (3-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +14 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats hope for their third road victory of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Northwestern Wildcats need to win two of their last three games to become bowl eligible. Clayton Thorson is completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 2,219 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Thorson has three touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Austin Carr and Flynn Nagel have combined for 1,299 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Macan Wilson has 14 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 127.6 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 910 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 22 points and 407 yards per game. Godwin Igwebuike leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 79 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has eight sacks and Jared McGee has two interceptions.
The Purdue Boilermakers are desperate for a victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The Purdue Boilermakers have to win out in order to become bowl eligible. David Blough is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,737 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Blough has two or more touchdown passes in his last four games. DeAngelo Yancey and Domonique Young have combined for 1,021 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Bilal Marshall has 27 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 101.2 yards per contest, and Markell Jones leads the way with 504 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 37.7 points and 451.6 yards per game. Markus Bailey leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 68 tackles, Evan Panfil has five sacks and Josh Hayes has one interception.
The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Boilermakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Purdue and the road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Northwestern has been one of the more inconsistent teams in the Big Ten all season long and may be a bit banged up after playing back-to-back ranked teams. Purdue has to look at this as its last winnable home game and should be able to put pride on the line and put together a decent performance. After all, it's not like the Boilermakers have shown nothing positive during their losing streak. I'm just not going to lay two touchdowns with a shaky Northwestern club on the road. I'll take Purdue and the points if forced to pick this game.