Purdue Football: Why a Win Against Iowa Is so Important to the Program

James EvensCorrespondent INovember 15, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 12: Purdue Boilermakers head coach Danny Hope (right) and defensive coordinator Gary Emanuel looks on against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 12, 2011 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue defeated Ohio State 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Purdue football is coming off a win against Ohio State which was widely celebrated by alumni and fans alike. Coming off a huge victory, the Boilermakers now have five wins and are looking to end their Bowl drought that has been going on since 2007.

Iowa comes into town on senior day and it is a very important game for the Boilermakers.

Purdue is undefeated at home this season and plays a very different way when they are at home. It seems as though they are almost a completely different team compared to when they are on the road.

Along with being undefeated at home in conference play, their opponents are also undefeated at home against Purdue, meaning they have yet to win a road game.

Purdue has two games left to become bowl eligible and must win one of these two games to go to the postseason, a feat that many Purdue fans felt was impossible this year.

With the Oaken Bucket game at Indiana in the season finale, it would not be a good situation to go into Bloomington having to win the game to go to a bowl.

Nothing would get the Hoosiers fired up more than knowing that if they win, they will stop Purdue from going to a bowl game and basically ruin their season as well.

Although IU will probably not win a Big Ten game all season, in a rivalry game anything can happen.

That is why when the Iowa Hawkweyes come into town it is so important to win.

Iowa is 6-4 this season and is not as strong as usual, but they will surely put up a fight. 

After such an emotional win against Ohio State, it will be important for the Boilermakers to rebound and get another victory, so the season does not lie in the hands of Bloomington.