A few teams have corralled OSU tailback Joseph Randle. He had 80 yards against Kansas, 74 against West Virginia and 43 against Kansas State. Randle reached 100 yards on all nine other opponents.
OSU needs Randle to find running room, else the burden increases on quarterback Clint Chelf.
Mike Gundy says the Cowboys aren't good enough to just wing it every play. “We were good enough to do that with (Brandon) Weeden,” Gundy said. “For two years, we had an NFL quarterback.”
Purdue ranked ninth in Big Ten rushing defense, allowing 179.3 yards a game. OSU ranked second in Big 12 rushing, 215.5 yards. Split the difference, and the Cowboys are up close to 200 yards on the ground. That figure would produce an OSU blowout.
“They have a good enough defense, they'll be able to keep up with us,” said OSU guard Lane Taylor. “Obviously, the Big Ten, they run the ball a lot, so they're going to be very good run-stoppers.”
Maybe. But I'm skeptical. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan. Stop me when I name a Purdue opponent that can throw the ball with precision and rapidity.
There's a reason this one looks like a blowout. Purdue appears not only overmatched, but mismatched.
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