Thursday, April 18, 2024

Rutgers Football Game # 6 Preview on Purdue


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Purdue Rutgers

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana.

kick off: Saturday, November 28, 4:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

weather: 48 degrees, sunny, 1% chance of rain, 8 mph wind

TV set: FS1 with Kevin Fitz-Gerald (live) and Sam Acho (color)

stream: FOX sports app

wireless: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network (WCTC 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, WENJ 97.3-FM, XM 384), Chris Carlin (live), Ray Lucas, Anthony Fucilli (side business).

Current spread: Purdue -11

Series history: Rutgers led 1-0 and 2017 Rutgers won 16-14.

SB Nation Purdue Site: Hammer and rail

Statistics reader


Pass: Noah Vedral-110-172, 64.0%, 1101 yards, 8 touchdowns, 8 intercepts

Quickly: Isaih Pacheco- 329 yards with 70 carry, 4.7 ypc, 2 touchdowns

Received: Beaumelton- 26 catches at 440 yards, 16.9 ypc, 5 touchdowns

defense: Orakun ReFa Tukashi -56 tackle, Mohammed Thule- 3 bags, Treasury and Blendon White- One interception


Pass: Aidan O’Connell- 88 vs 136, 64.7%, 916 yards, 7 touchdowns, 2 intercepts

Quickly: Alexander Holbus- 320 yards with 63 carry, 5.1 ypc, 1 touchdown

Received: David Bell- 39 catches at 425 yards, 10.9 ypc, 6 touchdowns

defense: Derrick Burns36 tackles, George Karlaftis2 bags, Kam Allen-2 Interception

What to watch out for

On the late afternoon slope this Saturday, two teams will lose one ownership for the second straight week. The team that can stop the pass is probably in the best position to end the losing streak.

When Rutgers has the ball

Last week, Scarlet Knights with a more talented team in Michigan fought three extra times with the strength of an intermediate pass game. Rutgers last made an effective mid-pass attack … in 2009, so let’s say it again. What will change in a year, as the attack lines steam-rolled in Ann Arbor a year ago kept almost clean pockets? Purdue was thinner on the defensive line than most Big Ten teams and lost the best pass rusher. GEorge Karlaftis for the next few games. So Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral probably needs to have another great game, just like last week. This is the best performance from RU signal senders since 2014. Last week, Bo Melton and Shameen Jones each exceeded 100 yards.

Of course, just because Rutgers can throw the ball, you need to mix as many orchids as you can to upset your defenses and eat your watch. The Rutgers offense line hasn’t pushed people away in run games, but this will be their best opportunity to do so in 2020. Isaipacheco or Chiron Adams need to play some big play to keep the chain moving, Purdue’s offense offfield, and the rest of the Rutgers attacks allow to get into the rhythm. Watch out for Lorenzo Neil Jr.’s bounceback game, which has great talent and is hard to block by clicking.

When Purdue has the ball

Boilermakers boast two of Big Ten’s top wide receivers, David Bell and Rondale Moore. They are fast, catch the ball well and make the defender miss. They also have a pretty good counter punch with their running back Zander Holbus, which basically has all the rushing yards this year.

The controversy is a quarterback spot that is far superior to what Aidan O’Connell saw in Rutgers earlier this year, but is not always great for Jeff Broome-led attacks. As a result, Jack Plummer was impressed with the 83% completion rate, increased number of yards per trial, better escape, and improved QB rating. According to Broome’s recent update, O’Connell will not dress up this week, so Plummer should be off to a good start. When the changeup arrives at the QB spot, we know how the Knights weren’t ready at each time of the last two weeks.

The key to Rutgers is to stop the run at the internal line of defense, allowing second-level defenders to seal the edges and make Purdue one-dimensional. Boilermakers are building attack lines through blocks, but committing to execution did a lot of damage. Moore is also dangerous as a jet sweep slot back. Rutgers needs to outperform Purdue on the line.

The second key, as always, is whether Rutgers can put some pressure on the quarterback. Due to the lack of interiors and defensive end pass rush, we had to sell out in 6-player football to put pressure on most of the season. If Purdue’s QB has time, he will eventually find Openman, so Rutgers should preferably force someone other than Moore to get the ball out quickly. If so, perhaps the RU can eventually notch another intercept, even if it comes to the tip ball to get a big swing. With that 2017 victory, RU made 11 pass splits, but I think there was one split in the last three weeks. Rutgers can’t cover for a very long time, no matter what, even if Blendon White is healthier, plays nickel, or Avery Young and Treavery reduce their penalties. .. This is not easy in theory, so fasten your seat belt.

Can Rutgers win this game?

Indeed, Purdue’s strength is RU’s weakness, which is usually a problem in toss-ups between these departments, thus expanding the points. Of course, the same is true in 2017, and I’m not sure, as Rutgers has stopped trying to convert 2 points in the last minute to secure a 2 point margin win. In that game, Rutgers played three downlinemen and ran the ball until Purdue approached the Red Zone. As we approached the red zone, there was less room for the downfield path to open. Game planning is important, but as both of these teams know from the last two games, there are no safe leads and the mistakes of the last moment are widespread. Rutgers should have a big advantage in a special team. If you can take advantage of it, your chances of returning to New Jersey are much higher.

Final idea

Unlike the last two weeks, I hate this Rutgers match. Purdue has two quarterbacks that show the ability to throw the ball and two receivers that can catch the ball from the person who is chucking the ball. Rutgers isn’t a great team, but what prevents them from even becoming a “good” team is the inability to stop the pass. This will be the second best pass offense they see throughout the season, so you’ll need their best game in that regard to win.

The Rutgers formula should probably be the same as in 2017, with Purdue running the ball a bit, avoiding the heavy play of home runs, and trying to move the ball when attacking with a run and an intermediate pass. Both coaching staff are being attacked for half-time defensive adjustments, probably because there are no plain and simple options on that side of the ball. Rutgers can win the shootout in his thirties, perhaps in his early forties, but he should be forced to stand by and carry out Purdue’s attacks as closely as possible and with fewer opportunities.

Just because Rutgers is light-years ahead of a year ago doesn’t mean it won’t be blown away once in a while. Therefore, you don’t need to press the emergency button for any reason after this game. That said, all we wanted was competitive football. That means you win some and lose some. Hopefully, Rutgers won the game for the second time this year and can be enough to show that all these close losses weren’t a fluke.

Ebenezer Robbins
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