Purdue Football: What the Matchup vs. Wisconsin Could Bring

James EvensCorrespondent INovember 2, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 15:  Caleb TerBush #19 of the Purdue Boilermakers drops back to pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the game on October 15, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  The Nittany Lions defeated the Boilermakers 23-18.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Purdue will have the tough task this week of traveling to Madison, a place that has historically been bad for the Boilers, and facing a pissed off Wisconsin Badgers squad that went from National Champion hopeful to two straight losses.

After a rough performance at the Big House, especially on the offensive end, Purdue will need a miracle to win this game. The Boilermakers are underdogs by over 20 points.

Although the odds of winning are very slim, this game has more implications than just an L or a W; this game could set the tone for the rest of the season.

No matter how hard the Badgers pounce on the Boilers, Purdue cannot give up in this matchup and must come out with a few positives at least.

After a poor passing performance of only 156 yards and a touchdown, Caleb Terbush is looking to really come back with something positive. Limiting turnovers in this game will be a major positive, and if the Boilermakers can come away with no turnovers, it will be a victory.

Yes, the odds of winning this game are super slim, but there is still that shot.

It will be important for Purdue to not quit in this one.

No matter how out of it they might be, they need to keep going and keep making improvements, because although the probability is slim, their bowl chances are still alive.

The performance in this game will set the tone for the rest of the season as Purdue tries to once again make a postseason appearance, this time under Danny Hope.