SOUTH BEND, Ind. — One of the top storylines to come out of Notre Dame's escape of Purdue last season in South Bend was that in the Week 2 victory, Irish quarterback Tommy Rees came off the bench to replace an ineffective Everett Golson and bail out the Irish against the underdog Boilermakers.
Golson is suspended for the semester, and Rees has started ND's first two games, a win over Temple and a loss at Michigan. Rees threw a critical interception in Ann Arbor last Saturday, but it's been the Irish defense, the catalyst for last year's run to the BCS National Championship Game, that received the majority of the criticism for the loss.
While Rees is the old new at Notre Dame, there's brand-new at Purdue in first-year coach Darrell Hazell. The former Ohio State assistant and Kent State head coach took over for Danny Hope. The Boilermakers enter Saturday night's contest with an identical 1-1 record as the Irish, but it's been a rocky start. Purdue was blasted by Cincinnati in its opener and struggled to beat Indiana State, 20-14, at home last weekend.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Place: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
Spread: Notre Dame by 21, per Bovada