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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College Football 77 in 77: #61 Purdue Boilermakers

It’s hard to say how good or bad the Purdue Boilermakers truly were last year. Can any team survive losing it’s starting quarterback and go-to wide receiver for the season? When they had already lost their main tailback for the year BEFORE the season even started? The Boilers were even playing a fourth string QB (first time in school history) at one point.

So maybe Purdue wasn’t all that talented, but they certainly weren’t near as bad as the cadre of key injuries made them look in 2010.

In 2011, there’s again not much room for error, as they’ve lost one of the best players in the Big Ten, DE Ryan Kerrigan to the first round of the NFL. And the NCAA had no remorse for Keith Smith and his season ending injury, as the 2009 league leader in receiving was denied a sixth year of eligibility.

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Purdue loses Starting QB Robert Marve for the Season

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If I were Purdue Coach Danny Hope I would consider taking a page from Major League‘s Pedro Cerrano and sacrifice a live chicken in the locker room. They need to something to remove this hex. In the preseason it was starting tailback Ralph Bolden, two weeks ago it was their best wide receiver Keith Smart. And now…

Purdue junior quarterback Robert Marve will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of Purdue’s 31-20 loss to Toledo on Sept. 25. The diagnosis was confirmed by Purdue’s team orthopedist on Thursday.

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The Reinvention of Robert Marve

Sometimes a situation just gets the best of you. What happens after that is a test of character, strength and just what kind of a man you are.

By all accounts, Purdue starting quarterback Robert Marve has passed those tests.

After what can only be described as a tumultuous tenure in Coral Gables at the University of Miami, Marve seems to have found a home in West Lafayette, as well as the ability to focus on the things that matter. [Read more…]