College Football Pick Purdue at Northwestern 10-9-10

October 7, 2010


Purdue Boilermakers at Northwestern Wildcats

Saturday October 9, 2010 7:30 PM EST

Line: Northwestern -9.5

This battle of Big Ten teams features the perfect 5-0 Northwestern Wildcats and the 2-2 Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue is 0-1 on the road. Northwestern comes into the game 2-0 at home. They are coming off their closest game of the year, a 29-28 victory at Minnesota.

Purdue has played better defense than they have offense. Their defense comes in ranked 51st overall allowing 22 points a game. Their offense comes in ranked 88th in the nation scoring 21.8 points a game. Their passing game has been the struggle offensively for this team as they rank 86th in the nation with 186.3 yards a game. Their rushing game has carried its weight as they are 36th overall with 188 yards a game. Leading the rushing attack is Senior FB Dan Dierking. Dierking has 205 yards with 2 TDs. The X-factor for Purdue will be their duel threat Freshman QB Rob Henry. Henry has thrown for 233 yards with 2 TDs and 1 Int. He also has ran for 167 yards.

The standout for the Wildcats has been their defense. Their defense has allowed 18 points a game, 29th in the nation. Their offense has shown some good things and comes in ranked at 54th overall with 29.8 points a game. Leading their offense has been the passing game. Their passing game is ranked at 23rd overall with 277.8 yards a game. Senior QB Dan Persa has really stepped up this year and has thrown for 1,358 yards with 10 TDs and only 2 Ints. Persa also leads the team in rushing yards with 271 yards and 2 TDs.

The Wildcats at home make this one of the easier football picks. Also I always like a Senior QB for an undefeated team over a Freshman QB for a .500 team. Look for Northwestern to continue to roll and put on a show for their home fans.

Free College Football Pick: Northwestern -9.5

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