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On Saturday, September 2nd, the (0-0) Louisville Cardinals will take on the (0-0) Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2016-17 Statistics (127 total teams):
Passing offense: Purdue 294.9 YPG > Louisville 290.5 YPG
Rushing offense: Louisville 242.2 YPG > Purdue 96.2 YPG
Scoring offense: Louisville 42.5 PPG > Purdue 24.6 PPG
Scoring defense: Louisville 23.3 PPG > Purdue 38.3 PPG
Passing defense: Louisville 206.3 YPG > Purdue 207.4 YPG
Rushing defense: Louisville 110.0 YPG > Purdue 238.4 YPG
Turnover Margin Per Game: Louisville -0.5 > Purdue -1.8
Strength of schedule:
Louisville was (9-4) in 2016 with wins over Charlotte, Syracuse, Florida State, Marshall, Duke, NC State, Virginia, Boston College, and Wake Forest. They were defeated by Clemson, Houston, Kentucky, and LSU. Purdue was (3-9) with wins over Nevada, Illinois, and Eastern Kentucky. They were defeated by Cincinnati, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
Louisville had the most explosive offense for much of last season finishing 6th in points per game 42.5. Reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson is back and ready to put his dual threat talents on full display. Jackson accounted for 5,100 yards of total offense and 51 touchdowns. Louisville loses their top three receivers and need to improve upon an offensive line that allowed 47 sacks. Colin Wilson should be one of the better running backs in the conference. For all the attention the Louisville offense got last year, their defense was a top 35 unit. The defensive line should be significantly weaker with a few key losses. The Cardinals secondary should be their strength with four returning starters.
Purdue had a prolific passing offense last season but really struggled to run the football. David Blough returns at quarterback as the conference’s leading passer. A stable of talented running backs should make the ground game greatly improved but the receiving corps leads a lot to be desired. The offensive line could be a cause for concern as four starters could be replaced. The achilles heel of Purdue was certainly their defense that allowed 38.3 points per game. They were the nation’s worst team in regards to turnover margin so that’s an area they can certainly improve. Louisville should roll to a huge victory as Jackson starts to again build his Heisman candidacy.
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