|#12 Ohio State 6-1, 2-1 Big Ten Roster | Schedule||October 23, 2010 12:00 PM ET - BTN —— Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH||Purdue 4-2, 2-0 Big Ten Roster | Schedule|
Danny Hope brings his Boilermakers to town Saturday under rare circumstances as the only coach in the Big Ten to have never suffered a defeat at the hands of Jim Tressel. Sure, they've only met once before, but last season's upset win in West Lafayette left one of the more bitter tastes in the mouths of Buckeye fans in a long, long time. Purdue had entered on a five-game losing streak, including a two touchdown setback at Minnesota of all places, before stunning the Buckeyes 26-18, thanks to a particularly pedestrian outing out of Terrelle Pryor and a dominating performance out of Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.
The Boilermakers make the return trip to the Horseshoe without many of the seniors that were instrumental in last season's upset and the Purdue offense has been hit hard by injuries this season, losing their three best skill players for the year, but here they are at 4-2 and sitting atop the Big Ten with an undefeated league mark, having rebounded nicely, taking advantage of an early bye week to respond with wins over Northwestern and the Gophers after an ugly home loss to the Toledo Rockets.
The early read on Hope is that his team plays hard, if not always smart, but they will have their hands full with a Buckeye team coming off its first loss of the season while also mindful of the embarrassment of last season's collapse at Ross-Ade Stadium.