Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some national predictions

From Adam Rittenberg, ESPN's Big Ten Blogger:
Minnesota 31, Purdue 27: This could go one of two ways. Purdue completely falls apart after four straight losses, quarterback Curtis Painter loses more of the locker room and the defense caves after a poor performance last week. But my sense is the Boilermakers will fight hard in coach Joe Tiller's final Homecoming game. Minnesota coach Tim Brewster thinks he discovered the magical bye-week schedule, but the Gophers start slow before turning it on in the fourth quarter.

From ESPN's Bruce Feldmen:
Minnesota 21, Purdue 17: Lots of streaks on the line here: The Gophers haven't won at Purdue in 18 seasons, Purdue hasn't lost six in a row in three years, and the Boilers have a 17-game losing skid against ranked teams. The Gophers' improved D, led by a handful of solid JC transfers, has the kind of athleticism to give Curtis Painter problems. Minnesota also has already displayed plenty of grit in wins at Bowling Green and Illinois. And Purdue is relying on too many inexperienced guys to contain some physical Gopher receivers.

Don Ruiz, The News Tribune:
NO. 25 MINNESOTA AT PURDUE: Gophers have lost seven straight at Purdue. Gophers, 31-28

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