I don’t get that. Purdue is basically returning the team that beat Tennessee in the music city bowl. Big ten network Joshua perry has us third in his initial power rankings behind Ohio state and Michigan.I saw a B10 article and it showed Purdue as the youngest and least experienced team in the B10.
Darrell hazell wasn’t a good coach but he built up some physical lines. When he left and those lines graduated in 2018, there was no one to replace them and then there were like 7 medical retirements in 2 year. The OL finally looks like men again.
The defense returns 11 guys who have played a lot. Only karlaftis replacement Jack Sullivan and Jaylan Alexanders replacement semisi fakasiieki didn’t play a ton of snaps last year. Semisi started in 2020 but was out for the year last year.
Aiden Oconnell was the 3rd rated passer in America in the regular season last year behind Bryce young and cj stroud and he can make anyone look good. When bell and Wright missed the music city bowl he threw for 534 yards and 5 TD and 3 INT to what was left over..
he’s our best since brees and he just gets through reads lightning quick, has great ability to reset his feet in the pocket, and the throws a soft super accurate ball that hits receivers in stride.
It’s a team where big ten people are pretty unanimously like “yeah they’ll contend for the west this year.”
And in my 25 years watching Purdue the team really excels when they play QBs who don’t spread the ball around and threaten the entire field really well, unless that team brings like Wisconsin’s OL and defense. A good comp for this game might be the 2018 BC team that came to Ross ade.
AJ Dillon had 19 carries for 59 yards. Anthony brown passed for 94 yards, 1 TD and 4 INT and 0-3 Purdue won 30-13. For whatever reason they’ve always done well against NE teams (well, north of Rutgers; thanks Diaco)..