Purdue to challenge for Leaders Division title?

If there was ever a time for the Boilermakers to seize the moment, this is, most definitely, the season to do it! This may seem like “old news,” and that I am working toward an incredibly obvious conclusion, but a new factor has been added to the equation: Wisconsin is not nearly as good as they were believed to be.

As the season began, the assumption was that since Ohio State and Penn State would be ineligible for the Big Ten Championship game, the Leaders division already belonged to the Badgers. However, Wisconsin’s poor play and slow start have left the division wide open. Indiana and Illinois have practically taken themselves out of the running, as if either of them had a chance to begin with. But Purdue is in the position to challenge the underperforming Badgers.

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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers: Brutally Honest Preview

In order to evaluate the status of a team, sometimes it’s best to look at their coach’s record in conference play.

Wisconsin Badgers coach Bret Bielema owns a 34-16 record in Big Ten Conference play while the Purdue Boilermakers Danny Hope has a 10-15 record. Hope has aspirations to go in the direction Bielema has taken the Badgers and it all begins with a critical game in West Lafayette this weekend.

Meanwhile, Bielema looks to maintain the Badgers recent dominance against the Boilermakers; six straight wins and four straight at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium (last loss back in 1997).

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Purdue QB Rob Henry Tears ACL; Caleb TerBush the New Man for Boilermakers?

Purdue sophomore quarterback Rob Henry suffered a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee at practice on Aug. 23. Further diagnosis will determine the extent of the injury and how long the Ocala, Fla., native will be sidelined. But you can bet the Boilermakers leading rusher and passer from last season is done for the year.

“Rob Henry is a huge part of our football program, our heart goes out to him” head coach Danny Hope said.

“He was voted a captain by the team in the spring, and I know he will continue to inspire and push Robert (Marve), Caleb (TerBush), Sean (Robinson) and all of his teammates forward.”

Hope even went out of his way to make practices less likely to result in injury this fall. And with the train wreck (pun intended) of injuries at the skill positions last season on who can blame him?

More on the West Lafayette Curse from our friend Travis Miller at Hammer and Rails:

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