The Ohio State Buckeyes are continuing their run for the College Football Playoff this Saturday in a match-up against the Purdue Boilermakers in Columbus at 3:30 p.m. EST. The Buckeyes are coming off of an extremely close victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 26-17, and will be looking to provide some style points for the CFP Committee.
Purdue has had a weird and inconsistent season so far, but it currently sits at 6-3 and is coming off a blow-out upset over the then No. 3 Michigan State Spartans, 40-29. A common term being thrown around is a trap game, but does that still apply if the team trapping you has already beaten two top-five opponents?
The staff at Buckeyes Wire has some interesting takes this week and hopefully we have a more accurate take considering all three of us predicted large Ohio State wins last week.
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Zach Harrison (9) and Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Steele Chambers (22) celebrate after Chambers forced Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) to throw away the football during Saturday’s NCAA Division I football game against the at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on October 30, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State 42, Purdue 24
Purdue’s passing game scares me. It’s the type of attack that has and can give Ohio State problems. However, the Boilermakers are prone to teams that can bully them up front. We saw that from Wisconsin, and if OSU can follow the same template and be balanced, I think Ohio State wins this one rather easily, especially at home.
Ohio State Buckeyes safety Marcus Hooker (23) defends wide receiver Sam Wiglusz (82) during football training camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State 49, Purdue 21
I was alluding to this in the intro, but this is not a trap game. The Boilermakers have beaten two teams in the top five including Michigan State just last week, and Ohio State is in need of style points. This should be an all-gas no brakes situation. Purdue has an underrated and strong defensive line that will test what has been an underwhelming Ohio State offensive line, but the Buckeyes should roll. David Bell is a first-round talent, but I would hope that Ohio State has a plan to slow down Purdue’s most electrifying weapon.
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes 42, Purdue 24
The Boilermakers’ defense has looked good in the wins, but it hasn’t quite seen the firepower it’ll face in the ‘Shoe. I do think the Buckeye defense will have its hands full with the Purdue passing attack and may even give up another big play or two. But there is no way, the Buckeyes take Purdue lightly. They know what hangs in the balance each week as they enter the stretch run to another Big Ten title and possible CFP birth.