Purdue takes on Indiana State at noon today at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. Here's a look ahead at the Week 2 matchup.
Last time out: Cincinnati 42, Boilermakers 7
2013 records: Boilermakers (0-1), Sycamores (0-1)
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 1380 AM
News and notes:
- Bishop Dwenger graduate Landon Feichter, a junior safety for Purdue, will be playing with two broken hands against ISU. Despite the injuries, the local product said he will be good to go today. Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen should also play for the Boilermakers, while the Sycamores lose star running back Shakir Bell to a separated shoulder sustained against Indiana last week.
- Purdue cut back its playbook significantly after the Cincinnati game and is focusing on running things fast rather than having a bevy of options offensively. Coach Darrell Hazell expects his team to break the huddle in less than 15 seconds and get a better flow to the game against the Sycamores than he saw at Nippert Stadium. Expect to see a lot more of the run game in this one than was used against the Bearcats.
- This will be the fourth meeting between Purdue and ISU in the programs' history. The last matchup was in 2006, when the Boilermakers beat the Sycamores 60-35.
- FCS or not, ISU will be a tough test for Purdue. Although the Sycamores lost 73-35 against Indiana to start the year, that performance put them ahead of the Boilermakers in the NCAA rankings in rushing offense, passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. ISU also boasts a better run defense and scoring defense than Purdue coming into today's game.