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Preview: Purdue vs. Nebraska

Purdue (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) comes off a bye week with a home game against Nebraska (4-1, 1-0). Kickoff is scheduled for noon today. Here's a look ahead at the matchup.

Last time out: Northern Illinois 45, Boilermakers 24

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM

News and notes

  • Purdue rolls out a half-dozen freshmen in starting, or significant, roles after a week to reevaluate personnel. Chief among them is freshman quarterback Danny Etling, who replaces fifth-year senior Rob Henry. Henry has moved to safety to help shore up a depleted unit. Ra'Zahn Howard will see time at defensive tackle, Evan Panfil and Jake Replogle will play at defensive end and wide receivers Dan Monteroso and DeAngelo Yancey will be leaned on heavily by Etling. Running back Dalyn Dawkins hasn't made much of an impact since his first two games with the Boilermakers, but he see some time in this game, as well.
  • Keep an eye on the edges. The Boilermakers are missing senior defensive end Greg Latta on one side, and Darrell Hazell has moved senior Bruce Gaston from defensive tackle to end to create more favorable matchups for his best lineman. If junior Ryan Russell, Panfil and Replogle can put together solid games alongside Gaston, Purdue stands a chance to limit Nebraska's running game. The Cornhuskers rely on lots of runs to the edges or on power plays, and end play can dictate whether those playcalls are effective. So far, few have managed to stop Nebraska, which is the No. 9 team in the nation in rushing and features a top-10 running back in junior Ameer Abdullah.

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