NCAA Football – Week 2
Rivals that see each other every single year on the gridiron are going to meet up in South Bend on Saturday afternoon on the college football odds, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet up with the Purdue Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers are really going to hope that this is the year for the upset of the Irish after four straight failed attempts to do so. QB Robert Marve seems to really have his place now in this program after transferring from the Miami Hurricanes, and last week against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, he threw for 295 yards and three TDs, completing 30-of-38 passing. It won’t be as easy this week against Notre Dame, but this is clearly a man that has a heck of a lot of talent. The Purdue defensive line is quietly also one of the best in the Big Ten, and that might be a big time difference in this game as well. This Purdue outfit is one that we are high on in 2012, and we think that it has the ability to beat virtually any team in the conference.
This is going to be quite the interesting week to look at the Irish. They went overseas last week to Dublin and knocked off the Navy Midshipmen without really any difficulties, but now, they have had to fly all the way back to South Bend and prepare for this game. It’s a tough transition for sure, and if Notre Dame takes Purdue lightly, it will get beaten in front of its hometown faithful. Suspect for sure is the decision by Head Coach Brian Kelly to leave QB Everett Golson at quarterback. Yes, Golson was okay last week, throwing for 144 yards and a TD with a pick, but he only put the ball in the air 18 times for the whole game. Now, the man that was figured to be the starting quarterback at the outset of the campaign, QB Tommy Rees is done with his suspension, but he hasn’t been allowed back on the field as a starter yet. RB Cierre Wood is also out, as he has been suspended for one more game for off the field issues in the offseason.
As we have alluded to, this could be quite the difficult spot for the Irish. They had to endure a long road trip, and we think that they became vastly overrated by beating a Navy team that probably isn’t all that good this year. Add in the fact that this could be a vintage look ahead spot to games with the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines (not to mention the rest of the brutal schedule ahead), and the recipe is ripe for a disaster. We definitely want the points on our side, but we think that an upset could be brewing. Purdue 27 – Notre Dame 21