The Dubgate Prepares Cold Dishes

By Jason Priestas on October 20, 2012 at 6:00 am

We're all painfully aware of it, but the casual college football fan would probably be surprised to find out that Ohio State is 3-3—well, 2-3 officially, thanks to rigged raffles and all—against Purdue in the last six meetings between the teams.

Never mind the fact that the Boilermakers are just 35-39 in those six seasons, while the Buckeyes went 58-19, on the field at least.

The teams have traded home wins in the last four years, with Ohio State taking care of business in the Horseshoe, while Purdue routinely pulled off upsets in front of a half-packed Ross-Ade Stadium. Most painful of these upsets was the 28-16 win over the #7 Buckeyes in 2009, thanks to four Terrelle Pryor turnovers (Purdue Harbor, never forget).

With the exception of the 49-0 Ohio State blowout in 2010, which doesn't count now, all of the games have been relatively close affairs, with the average margin at nine points.

Danny Hope, for all of his flaws in the 11 other games on Purdue's schedule, seemed to be the perfect foil for Jim Tressel and later, Luke Fickell.

Hopefully, that ends today.

Purdue wobbles in with the nation's 97th-ranked rushing defense, fresh off allowing 304 yards on the ground to Michigan two weeks ago, only give up 467 rushing yards to Wisconsin last week. Indeed, 176 of Montee Ball's 247 rushing yards came after contact.

We see you, Carlos Hyde.

Columbus radio personality Scott Torgerson, affectionately known as Torg by his minions, has not appeared on the air since tweeting that he wished Desmond Howard would die, leading to a stern smackdown from Kirk Herbstreit.

At this point, you have to wonder if the hiatus is a permanent thing. If it is, Torgerson will become the second high profile departure for the station in the last 18 months, following Bruce Hooley's ouster for trolling the hell out of Buckeye fans when Tressel stepped down.

If he goes, he won't go without the support of his fans. @SaveTheTorg is a actually a thing on Twitter, and there's an associated Facebook page that already has more "Likes" than this magnificent six-year old website you're presently reading. I give up.

Here's your full slate of relevant games today. Relevant meaning I was obligated to include some pretty awful-looking Big Ten matchups. Oh, and Boston College, because, Bollman Watch.

12:00pm Iowa State at Oklahoma State FX   OKST (-14)
12:00pm #6 LSU at #20 Texas A&M ESPN WatchESPN LSU (-3)
12:00pm Minnesota at Wisconsin ESPNU WatchESPN WIS (-17)
12:00pm Purdue at #10 Ohio State ABC/ESPN2 (Map) WatchESPN OSU (-18½)
12:00pm Virginia Tech at #16 Clemson ABC/ESPN2 (Map)   CLEM (-7½)
3:00pm Boston College at Georgia Tech FSN Affiliates ESPN3 GT (-14)
3:00pm #22 Stanford at Cal FOX   STAN (-2½)
3:30pm BYU at #5 Notre Dame NBC ND (-13)
3:30pm Indiana at Navy CBSSN   NAVY (-2½)
3:30pm Michigan State at #25 Michigan BTN BTN2GO UM (-9½)
3:30pm Nebraska at Northwestern ABC/ESPN2 (Map)   NEB (-6½)
3:30pm #7 South Carolina at #3 Florida CBS UF (-3½)
3:30pm #18 Texas Tech at #24 TCU ABC/ESPN2 (Map)   TTU (-1½)
7:00pm #1 Alabama at Tennessee ESPN WatchESPN BAMA (-20)
7:00pm #4 Kansas State at #17 West Virginia FOX   WVU (-2½)
8:00pm #11 Florida State at Miami ABC (Map) ESPN3 FSU (-21)
8:00pm Penn State at Iowa BTN BTN2GO IOWA (-2½)
8:00pm #21 Cincinnati at Toledo   ESPN3 UC (-5)


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