Lowes Line


Purdue Preview and Prediction

By Charlie Simon

Matchup:  Northwestern Wildcats (1-9, 1-6) at Purdue Boilermakers (6-4, 4-3)
Date:  Saturday, November 19th, 2022, 11:00 a.m. CST
TV:  FS1
Line:  Northwestern (+17.5)


It gets more difficult each week to write these columns.  Each week seems worse than the last.  Last Saturday our Wildcats were convincingly beaten by the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, 31-3.  Both NU quarterbacks were injured and had to leave the game, not to return.  It did not matter much though as neither throw the ball regularly, accurately, or on time.

Areas that NU must improve on to get back to 6-6 next year:
  1. They must have a decent Quarterback.  Since 2000 NU has had a good quarterback most years.  Kustok, Basenez, CJ Bacher, Kafka, Persa, Kain Colter, Siemian, Thorson, Payton Ramsey.  Without a decent QB we have no chance.
  2. We must find some impact players.  Players that can change the game.  Hull might be one but who else on the team?  I am still looking.
  3. We must be aggressive SOMETIMES on both offense and defense.  We are playing EVERY down not to lose which keeps the game close for the first half but gives us no chance to win.

I have always said NU is a 6-6 team with a ceiling of 9-3 and a basement of 3-9.  Every year three teams each year we will have better players than the other team, three teams will have better players than us (OSU, UM, PSU, etc), and six teams/games will be a tossed up (the B1G Ten West).  Some years we will win a few more other years we will lose a few more but average around 6 wins per year.  Now in 2018 and 2020 we broke through the ceiling by making it to the B1G Ten championship game and winning our bowls games.  Are 2019, 2021, and 2022 the other side of the coin for those successful years?  Who knows, but something has to change.  Fitz commented a few years back about knowing "you are in the good ole days" while they are happening.  Hopefully he will realize that you have to keep adapting and attacking if you want those days to last and not be a memory.

For today's game NU won't be able to stay with Purdue's passing offense.  Boilermakers win going away.

Pick: Purdue 31, Wildcats 10.

Season to date: Straight up: 6-4; ATS: 4-6

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