Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Purdue

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Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Purdue
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Notre Dame and Purdue have met on the gridiron 84 times. Purdue trails only Navy for the honor of being the Irish's most frequent opponent. More than two-thirds of those meetings have been won by Notre Dame, including each of the past five.

The Boilermakers welcome a new leader this season, as Darrell Hazell, formerly at Kent State and an assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel, replaces Danny Hope. The three-year quarterback derby may finally be over with both Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve departing, with senior Rob Henry the only returning quarterback with any experience.

Purdue gave Notre Dame fits last season in a 20-17 Irish victory. Like last year when it played the Boilermakers the week after returning from Ireland, Notre Dame could be on a bit of a letdown this fall, as the trip to West Lafayette falls just one week after the Irish visit Michigan.

Let's look at how Hazell's first team is shaping up heading into spring practice, which begins on March 19.

For other Notre Dame opponent previews, click on the links below:

Navy

USC

Michigan

Pittsburgh

BYU

Oklahoma

Air Force

Stanford

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