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Why Wisconsin Football Will Beat Purdue in the Big Ten Opener



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Sep 2, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell walks out onto the field during warmups prior to the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin football opens the conference play part of their schedule with a rare Friday night game against Purdue this week. The Badgers will look to start Big Ten action on the right foot after going 2-1 in the non-conference portion of their games to open the season.

Here is why the Wisconsin Badgers will get that done and win against Purdue on Friday.

Wisconsin Football will start fast against Purdue

A theme of every game Wisconsin football has played this year is them getting off to a slow start. The Badgers have gone into halftime with the lead only once in their first three games. Even in that game, their lead going into the break was only four points. Considering two of their three opponents have been non-power five conference teams, not being able to jump out to a significant advantage early is concerning.

The Badgers know that they’ve flirted with disaster early in every game they’ve played thus far and will look not to let it happen again on Friday. It should be much easier for them to get up for their conference opener, knowing the quality of their opponent. Playing your best football from the time the ball is kicked off will be crucial to the success of Wisconsin on Friday.

Wisconsin Football has a long winning streak against Purdue

Despite playing each other mostly every year for the last decade-plus, Purdue hasn’t gotten over the hump against Wisconsin football. Dating back to their last loss in 2003, the Badgers have won the previous 16 matchups against the Boilermakers.

Purdue is off to a 1-2 start under first-year head coach Ryan Walters. The Boilermakers are yet to find their groove in the Coach Walters era, which leaves no reason to believe that 2023 will be the year that Wisconsin’s win streak in the series ends. The Badgers will continue their domination over Purdue and win on Friday.

Final Thoughts

While they have generally been able to find themselves in the second half of games, we are yet to see Wisconsin football put together four quarters of their best football in a game this season. The team has had three non-conference games to knock off the rust. Now, it’s time to play four quarters of great football to extend the winning streak over Purdue to 17 games.

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Lucas Valind is a correspondent for covering Wisconsin football and basketball. His previous bylines covering the Badgers can be found at FanSided's Badger of Honor and Dairyland Express.