Purdue vs. Notre Dame: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 4, 2012

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 01:Notre Dame's players celebrate after winning the Notre Dame vs Navy game at Aviva Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. Notre Dame won 50-10. (Photo by Barry Cronin/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame went to Ireland to destroy Navy 50-10 in its opener. Now, 7,200 travel miles later, it will play its home opener against a Purdue team that figures to give the Fighting Irish a tougher test. 

Purdue will have its work cut out for it if it wants to take to the road and beat No. 22 Notre Dame, but Purdue looked fantastic in the opener while destroying Eastern Kentucky 48-6. 

The Boilermakers will have the advantage of not having to recover from international travel, and they are going to have to hope that leads to some sloppy Notre Dame play if they want to steal a win on the road. 


Where: Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana

When: Saturday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET 

Watch: NBC

Listen: Purdue radio network, Notre Dame radio network

Betting Line: Notre Dame -14.5 (according to Bet Online on 9/4)

Key Storyline: Purdue QB Battle

Caleb Ter'Bush is going to start for Purdue on Saturday. This is despite the fact that he was suspended for the opener for a "violation of team rules," and despite that his backup Robert Marve was excellent while starting in his place.

Marve threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns last week. Ter'Bush, the starter from a season ago, appears to have a firm grasp on this job, but with Marve's strong performance, Ter'Bush better not slip. 

Who Might Not Play for Purdue

*Injury information according to USA Today as of 9/4. Click the link for updated info. 

Questionable: T Patrick Bade (knee), TE Carlos Carvajal (groin), WR Ishmael Aristide (knee), RB Ralph Bolden (knee)


Who Might Not Play for Notre Dame

*Injury information according to USA Today as of 9/4. Click the link for updated info. 

Out: CB Lo Wood (Achilles), LB Danny Spond (concussion), TE Alex Welch (knee), S Austin Collinsworth

Questionable: RB Amir Carlisle 

What They're Saying

The South Bend Tribune's Al Lesar makes an astute point of a big difference between the Fighting Irish that took the field in the opener and the one that played last season.  

Maybe Notre Dame's most negative play Saturday revealed its most positive improvement.

Football can be funny that way.

A communication gaffe between quarterback Everett Golson and left tackle Zack Martin allowed Navy's Keegan Wetzel to come free from Golson's blind side and bury him for an eight-yard sack.

Last year during the "season of the turnover," the ball would have squirted out, Wetzel would have grabbed it and returned it for a touchdown. This year, Golson secured the ball, took the loss, and lived to fight again.


Purdue Player to Watch: QB Caleb Ter'Bush

We've already talked about Ter'Bush returning to the starting lineup after serving a one-game suspension, and that is going to make this start fascinating to watch. 

Is he going to come out determined to prove that he is on board with the team, or will he have a chip on his shoulder for being suspended? 

This is only going to be magnified because his backup performed so well and appears capable of leading this team if Ter'Bush doesn't perform. 

Notre Dame Player to Watch: QB Everett Golson 

Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson got his first career start in the opener, and he gave the Irish the kind of efficient play they desperately needed last year.

He went 12-of-18 for 144 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. Now it is time to see if he can maintain this level against stiffer competition. 

Key Matchup: Purdue Pass Offense vs. Notre Dame Pass Defense

As we mentioned, the Boilermakers had a nice game through the air last week, and if they want to stay in this game, they will have to do so in the air. 

Notre Dame has a tough run defense, but it did look a little suspect through the air last week as it allowed starting Navy QB Trey Miller to go 14-of-19 with 192 yards. 


Prediction: Notre Dame 24, Purdue 17

Purdue is going to be a tougher test than most think for Notre Dame. It won't be so tough that they will ever be a real threat of winning on the road, but they will keep it close. 


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