Game Day: Purdue @ Notre Dame

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After a tough 23-7 loss at Michigan State last week, it is imperative that the Irish come out and flex their muscles on both offense and defense. This week Notre Dame play instate rival Purdue at Notre Dame Stadium.

The jury is still out on Purdue, though they often field a strong, athletic team, and I can guarantee you they get pumped up to play any instate opponent… but especially Notre Dame. This year, the Boilermakers trounced Northern Colorado and then fell in overtime to ranked Oregon, only to follow with an underachieving close game against Central Michican. They have yet to open their Big Ten schedule, but the rest of their games are just that.

The series always has memorable moments. Who can’t forget Kyle Orton’s 98 yard touchdown pass while the receiver “tooted a train whistle” for about 50 of those yards. Then of course, Samardzija’s one handed grab. Then of course, when they finally beat us last year, along with everyone else who hadn’t beat us in a long, long time.

Curtis Painter always poses a potent threat in the passing game, though he has only thrown for 3 TDs this year. Most of the damage has been done on the ground with Kory Sheets averaging over 5 a carry, and 6 TDs in 3 games. Hopefully the run defense improves from last weeks performance as Ringer ran all over the defense for 201 yards.

Then of course, there is our running game. Present for SDSU and Michigan, and obviously lacking in productivity against MSU. Clausen also has to improve, and hopefully complete more than 50% of passes. It should be a close game, but in the end, it’s that home field mystique qhich allows ND to prevail. tune in at 3:30 ET on NBC. ND 27- Purdue 24.

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