Saturday night, all eyes are on West Lafayette, IN, for the primetime showdown between Notre Dame and Purdue. This is easily the biggest game for Purdue so far this season; it also gives the Boilers a big chance at exposure on national television. While the season has been a rocky start for Purdue, their performance this past week brought some optimism.
While my personal views of Danny Hope as the future coach at Purdue are less than confident, this game could be a game changer in his career and potentially save his job as head coach. If Purdue can get to 3-1 in their non-conference schedule, it will give them a good chance to get to a bowl game this season.
If the Boilers want to get a win on Saturday, they will have to stop an improved Irish team from what everyone saw the first two weeks. The Irish are getting their confidence built up, while their defense is starting to fully click on all levels. Kelly is building his team to be physical and impose their will on teams, instead of how the team had strategic advantages under Weis.
With Saturday coming quick and these being the two teams I follow most, here are some points from both sides that will key to a win for the Boilers, or if they don't execute, possibly a terrible disappointment.