We're Talkin' Schedules - Purdue

Previously: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State

Now: Purdue

2010 Overall Record: 4-8
2010 Big Ten Record: 2-6

Non-Conference Opponents
9/3: Middle Tennessee State (6-7)
9/10: @ Rice (4-8)
9/17: Southeast Missouri State (9-3)
10/1: Notre Dame (8-5)

Divisional Opponents
10/15: @ Penn State
10/22: Illinois
11/5: @ Wisconsin
11/12: Ohio State
11/26: @ Indiana

Crossover Opponents
10/8: Minnesota
10/29: @ Michigan
11/19: Iowa

Do Not Play
Michigan State

If You Only Watch One Purdue Game in 2011: The road trip to Happy Valley on October 15th is going to be a good test for the Boilers. Its their first division game, it's on the road, and they should be at minimum 4-1 going into it. The bad part is Penn State should be at best 5-1 going into that game as well. A loss here could unhinge the wagon as Purdue heads into the meat of their league schedule.

Non-Conference Loss: Notre Dame comes calling on October 1st. Purdue comes off a bye week heading into this game. This is easily the biggest non-conference threat on the schedule.

It's a Trap!: No real trap threats on the Purdue schedule. But Minnesota could be an interesting matchup. Purdue begins the conference slate with them on October 8th. It's a non-divisional game and it's sandwiched between Notre Dame and that pesky trip to Penn State. It's a home game, and Minnesota isn't really much of a threat...but that's what makes a trap game a trap game.

The Game Destined for ESPN3.com: Well, any non-conference opponent other than Notre Dame. Maybe the Minnesota game.

Final Analysis: Like Penn State, Purdue's schedule is back loaded with the bulk of where most of the losses will come from. A key for them is to start out strong and focus on the win-able games. If they can do that, I see no reason why at least a .500 record isn't at least possible. If they can manage to knock off Penn State, Illinois, and/or Iowa...or any combination of those...Danny Hope just might be able to hang on to his job for another year.

Fearless Predictions
Non-conference record: 3-1
Division Record: 1-4
Crossover Record: 1-2
Overall: 5-7 

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