One thing that the 2013 Ohio State football team will be looking to avoid is another poor showing in West Lafayette. Despite the fact that Purdue has not been a consistent contender for the championship of the Big Ten over the past 9 years, Ohio State has lost 3 of 4 games at Purdue during that span. Especially painful was the 2009 "Purdue Harbor" loss, which doomed OSU's chances of a berth in the BCS championship game.
Ohio State is a Big Ten best 39-13 on the road in conference games since 2000, but 4 of those 13 losses have come at Purdue. Meanwhile, at home they have not lost to the Boilermakers since 1989, but they nearly took it on the chin against a mediocre Purdue team at Ohio Stadium last season. As a result, there will be considerable interest both locally and nationally when the Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette once again on November 2nd.
Many OSU fans will make the trip to Purdue, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it's not a terribly long drive and there will not be a lot of traffic. Second, if the Boilers are not having a great season then the tickets will be plentiful and easily available, both in advance and on game day. Finally, since it is basically a day trip, most fans will not spend the night either in West Lafayette or in Indianapolis (65 miles to the Southeast), and so it will not cost a lot of money.
However, if you do decide to spend a night or two in the area, you will find that there are several attractions that are either educational or entertaining. Not only that, but if you arrive early, you might be able to check out a few of them before you even go to the game because tailgating at Purdue is not exactly at the same level as at Ohio State.
DURING THE DAY
The time of the game has not yet been announced, but assuming that Purdue is mostly out of Big Ten contention at this late point in the season, it might be safe to assume that it will be a 12:00 noon start (as the last two OSU games there have been). Still, if you leave Columbus (or wherever) early enough, you should have time to check out a couple of the local attractions.