Purdue eager to rebound with Badgers in town

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012

Purdue's defense, expected to be its strength, has faltered the past two weeks. The Boilermakers have allowed a combined 85 points and 943 yards against Marshall and Michigan.

Bielema still believes Purdue's defensive line, featuring defensive tackle Kawann Short, is formidable. Short has four sacks and eight tackles for loss.

"I think defensively Purdue might have the best front four in our league right now," Bielema said. "I think Short is just — he's powerful, he's quick, he's athletic, he's tall. He's got the ability to jump and explode and make big plays."

Caleb TerBush will start at quarterback for Purdue. Hope said TerBush does a better job of executing the game plan and making the proper reads before the snap and during plays.

Hope said he understands why the fans want the athletic, risk-taking Robert Marve to start, even though he hasn't fully healed from damaging the ACL in his left knee against Notre Dame a month ago.

"The good things stand out in your mind," Hope said. "The big plays certainly stand out in the minds of the fans and mine too. That's why we are committed to getting him ready and playing him in the ball games. But I'm not perplexed as to why some of the fan base would prefer Robert Marve. That's a tendency on a national level. The number two quarterback is always the favorite."

Hope expects his team to be ready.

"Obviously, the magnitude, or the potential magnitude of this game will get our team's attention and obviously, we'll need all of our focus to be toward getting ready to play a Wisconsin team," Hope said. "I would be disappointed if we were so weak-minded that we would let a loss linger and affect the potential of the outcome of our team in the season."