Ohio State vs. Purdue: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
The fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes take an undefeated record into Ross-Ade Stadium to face struggling conference rival Purdue.
The Boilermakers have just one win on the year and that was a six-point victory over Indiana State way back on Sept. 7. Over the last four games, Purdue has been outscored by its opponent by a combined score of 154-41.
Meanwhile, Ohio State's 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Sept. 24 remains the only contest this season that Urban Meyer's squad has seen end with the opponent within a single score.
The Buckeyes are playing well on both sides of the ball and will enter this game fifth in the nation in points scored and 15th in points allowed.
Despite enjoying home field, there is little reason to think that Purdue can pull off a shock upset here.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana
TV: Big Ten Network
Spread: Ohio State -32 (Bovada)
Injury info via USA Today
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Key Storyline: Can Ohio State Reach the National Championship game?
This is unlikely to be a compelling matchup. In that sense, we don't have a storyline worth discussing.
Ohio State should cruise to victory—and it better do just that if it wants to play for the national championship. It would not be good for the Buckeyes cause to survive a close game against a team like Purdue.
Ohio State must author a convincing win, and then keep on winning.
With just one regular-season game remaining against a team in the BCS rankings—a Nov. 30 contest at Michigan—the Buckeyes have no margin for error.
Even if the Buckeyes cruise in this game and every other, the reality is this team is going to need some help in the form of a few losses from the three teams (Florida State, Oregon and Alabama) in front of them.
The Buckeyes can't let these kind of big-picture thoughts distract them from the task at hand. Given the fact the Buckeyes haven't suffered a loss since Meyer took over prior to last season, there is no reason to think this group won't come out focused and ready to dominate.
Will Ohio State cover the spread?
Prediction: Ohio State 49, Purdue 13
If it's possible, I don't expect this game to be as close as that lopsided score suggests. The Buckeyes will take firm control of this one early and then let off the gas pedal a bit in the later stages. This will at least allow Purdue to crack the scoreboard.
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