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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 01, 2017 1:00 am

Louisville vs. Purdue

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

2016 records: Louisville (9-4), Purdue (3-9)

TV: Fox

At stake

Lamar Jackson begins his Heisman Trophy defense with a nationally-televised night game. He should shine against the Boilermakers defense. Purdue embarks on a new era with first-year coach Jeff Brohm, who happens to make his debut against his alma mater.

Key matchup

Jackson vs. Purdue defense. The Louisville quarterback dazzled in 2016, throwing 30 touchdown passes and rushing for 21 more scores. He completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 3,523 yards. This year, he opens against a Boilermakers defense that ranked 117th in scoring defense (38.3) and 115th against the run (238.2) in 2016.

Players to watch

Louisville: Jackson. How can you not watch him? He's the most electrifying player on the field, he has the ball in his hands on every play and he's likely to pile up some big numbers.

Purdue: QB David Blough. Last year's Big Ten passing champion injured his right shoulder while diving for the pylon in an Aug. 12 scrimmage game. Blough returned to full practice Sunday and appears to be a game-time decision. If he can't play, Elijah Sindelar would probably replace him.

– Associated Press