A week after parting ways with Michigan for the foreseeable future, Notre Dame will do the same with Purdue. The Irish and Boilermakers, who have met every season since 1946, will not play again until 2020 following their Sept. 13 game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Purdue lost 11 games in a season for the first time ever in 2013, defeating FCS member Indiana State for its only win of the season. After a Sept. 28 loss to Northern Illinois, the Boilermakers scored only seven points in the next 41 days (three losses and two bye weeks). Second-year coach Darrell Hazell faces a steep road back to relevancy for a program that went to 10 bowl games in 11 years from 1997 to 2007.
Purdue moves to the new Big Ten West division this season, but will still play rival Indiana annually. The new format should benefit the Boilermakers, but how quickly can Hazell get the program back to respectability? And should Irish fans be worried after Notre Dame was nearly upset last season in West Lafayette?
Purdue kicks off the spring Mar. 6 and will hold its spring game Apr. 12. Let’s look at where things stands with the Boilermakers.
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