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Indiana vs. Purdue - 11/24/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Purdue Boilermakers (5-6) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-6)
Date & Time Saturday November 24, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers +3.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2
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CFB | Purdue Boilermakers (5-6) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-6)
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The Purdue Boilermakers and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Purdue Boilermakers will become bowl eligible for the fourth time in the last 10 years with a victory here. The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last four road games. David Blough is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,211 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Blough has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Rondale Moore and Isaac Zico have combined for 1,671 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Brycen Hopkins has 30 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 142.1 yards per contest, and D.J. Knox leads the way with 826 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 27.8 points and 441.5 yards per game. Markus Bailey leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 97 tackles, Jacob Thieneman has five sacks and Kenneth Major has three interceptions.

The Indiana Hoosiers will become bowl eligible for the third time in the last four years with a victory here. The Indiana Hoosiers have lost three of their last four home games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,530 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ramsey has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 12 games. Nick Westbrook and Donavan Hale have combined for 892 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Luke Timian has 41 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 158.7 yards per contest, and Stevie Scott leads the way with 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 30.1 points and 422.3 yards per game. Jonathan Crawford leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 60 tackles, Marcelino Ball has 2.5 sacks and Bryant Fitzgerald has three interceptions.

The Boilermakers are 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games on fieldturf, 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS loss and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Hoosiers are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 conference games, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The favorite is 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Hoosiers last 6 games overall. 

The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off a tough three-overtime loss to Wisconsin, and now they go on the road where they have been held to a combined 23 points in their last two games. The Indiana Hoosiers are coming off a physical loss to Michigan, and now they hope to find just one more victory, which would be just their second since October. The Purdue Boilermakers have failed to cover five of their last eight games when a favorite of at least three points. The Indiana Hoosiers have covered three of their last four games when an underdog of at least three points. While Purdue is the better team, you have to like the way Indiana got after it against Michigan, and you have to factor in the 18 seniors on this Hoosiers roster that will do everything they can to end their career with a victory. In a battle where the winner goes bowling, I want points and the home team.

Pick:
Indiana Hoosiers +3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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