Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) hands the football off to running back Braelon Allen (0) during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Purdue in week 8

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Purdue in week 8

The Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) will come into Camp Randall to face the Wisconsin Badgers (3-4. 1-3 Big Ten) and try to spoil their homecoming. Purdue is red hot, having won their last four games. Wisconsin was upset last week by Michigan State in double overtime and is looking to get back on track. This game has all the tangibles to be a good one.

Here is what to expect…


Offensively

This game should be approached by the new-aged Badgers, attacking through the air. Purdue allows 3.2 yards per rush and has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this year. Braelon Allen will have some tough sledding and will have to take advantage of any opportunities he can get.

Purdue struggles against the deep ball and allows almost eight yards a catch. This is the game where Mertz has to take over and make the big plays. The offensive line will have to dominate this game and protect Mertz.

Purdue does have a solid front line, but they don’t have a playmaker like last year’s George Karlaftis. Don’t be surprised if Mertz has a big game through the air against the poor Boilermaker’s pass defense.

Defensively

The Badgers will have their work cut out for them. Purdue is led by 6th-year senior Aidan O’Connell, who is as good as they get in college football. When given time, O’Connell has no problem picking apart defenses. O’Connell is red hot right now and is averaging 325 yards a game.

O’Connell’s favorite target is Iowa Transfer, Charlie Jones. Charlie Jones is 2nd in the nation in receptions and requires a lot of attention.  Jim Leonhard will have to decide how to slow down Jones, but they cannot afford to leave him one on one.

As if Jones wasn’t a big enough problem, red-shirt freshman running back Devin Mockobee has been a stud running the ball. Mockobee is a tough, hard-nosed runner with excellent vision. This Purdue team will be one of the most balanced offenses the Badgers will face this year.

Conclusion

This football game will come down to who can make the least amount of mistakes. Neither offense should have a problem moving the ball. This should be a quarterback-dominated game with a lot of big plays. The Badgers need to win the time of possession and play mistake-free ball to come out victorious.


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