First off, my apologies. I had a choice between getting something up about the facilities and writing this preview earlier. I chose #FACILITIESMAS. As a result, this is going to be a shorter preview than normal. I will prioritize the fun stuff over the stuff I suspect ya'll gloss over. You can feel free to let me know I'm a jerk in the comments.
I have very little in the way of constructive opening thoughts. Here are some things I'm thinking in no particular order:
- Did I say win? Because win.
- Winning is nice.
- I LIKE WINNING.
- Please. Pretty please. Win tomorrow. Please.
I think there is a theme here.
The gnomes were going to get their normal trainwreck GIF up and be done. But then they read this prediction on Hammer & Rails...
Purdue 42, Minnesota 17
The gnomes have a few thoughts. First?
Second, here is what they think of you Purdue...
You're a Thomas the Train engine that gets derailed by the slightest bump. Since you landed Hazell you've only beaten two terrible FBS teams, Indiana State (twice), and Southern Illinois. You are not going to lay a bigger whooping on Minnesota than a Northwestern team which will stomp you later in the season. Can Purdue win? You're damn straight they can. They can definitely beat Minnesota and no one is saying otherwise. But please, some reality here.
Kickoff Time: 2:30 PM CST
Where: Ross Aide Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
***IMPORTANT NOTE: Just like last week, the moving of another game impacts Minnesota. This game was on ESPN, now it is on ESPNU. Please plan accordingly.
Streaming Video: Watch ESPN
Radio: KFAN (100.3 in the Twin Cities) and the Gopher Radio Network (Radio Affiliates).
Streaming Audio: Locate KFAN on IHeartRadio.com (or the IHeartRadio app for your mobile device)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 196; Sirius 136; XM196
Spread: Minnesota by 3 to 3.5, depending on the site.
Over/Under: 45.5 to 46, depending on the site
Bill C's S&P+ Pick
|Proj. Winner||Proj. Margin||Win Prob.||Pick
|Minnesota at Purdue||+3
I don't think we'll win by this much, but I'd take it.
Excellent football weather.
Where Are They From? I dunno. Google says they don't exist. I've heard tell it looks like this:
All Time Series: How does one count games against a school that doesn't exist?
Last Season: All you need to know is Minnesota won. Also:
2015 To Date: 1-4, 0-1 B1G. Only win is over a soupcan.
Players To Watch: I'm skipping this. I'm sorry. There is no time and the Brew Scale is more important to me.
Keys to the Game
- Force some turnovers: Clearly we are going to turn the ball over ourselves. That's a thing we do. So for goodness sake defense get them back! When you lose the turnover margin battle...
- WIN. Probably should have just stuck with this, but I wanted to use the South Park image again.
How Afraid Am I?
For those who don't know, this is a bit where I rank my fear by saying how many Tim Brewsters I am afraid of the opponent. The more Tim Brewsters I list, the more afraid I am...because the memory of Timmy Brew is scary for all Gophers fans. Typically this is done on a scale of 1 to 5 "Brewsters on his face" in the Metrodome, though I mix it up as needed.
I'm 2 Brewsters and an Ozzie Smith in the
Springfield West Lafayette Mystery Spot afraid of Purdue.
Please just win.
Completely Worthless Prediction
I have no idea. We might lose. I can't predict that for my own sanity.
Minnesota 13 - Purdue 10