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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Memorial Stadium (52,929) -- Bloomington, Indiana. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Purdue 1-6, IU 4-3. Away Record: Purdue 0-4, IU 0-4. Neutral Record: Purdue 0-0, IU 0-0. Conference Record: Purdue 0-7, IU 2-5. Series Record: Purdue leads, 72-37-6.
GAME NOTES: The Purdue Boilermakers and Indiana Hoosiers will attempt to end their respective disappointing seasons on a high note, as they meet for the Old Oaken Bucket on Saturday afternoon.
After earning bowl bids in each of the last two seasons, Purdue has fallen far in a short period of time, as it has registered just one win in 11 tries this season, a 20-14 home victory over FCS opponent Indiana State on Sept. 7. The Boilermakers have since lost nine in a row, most recently dropping a home contest to Illinois last weekend, 20-16, go fall to 0-7 in Big Ten Conference action.
While Indiana's season has been much more impressive than Purdue's futile effort, it has been far from memorable at 4-7 overall and 2-5 in Big Ten play. The Hoosier have dropped back-to-back road games at Wisconsin (51-3) and Ohio State (42-14), but the good news is that they have played relatively well at home this year, going 4-3 at Memorial Stadium.
These intrastate rivals have met 115 times previously, with Purdue holding a convincing 72-37-6 advantage. The Boilermakers have won two straight in the series, including a 56-35 triumph in the 2012 regular-season finale.
Purdue's offensive output this season has been the worst in the Big Ten by a large margin. In fact, its scoring offense (13.0 ppg) ranks 119th out of 123 FBS teams, while its total offense (261.7 ypg) has it 121st.
Rob Henry (.533, 832 yards, four TDs, six INTs) began the season as the Boilermakers' starting quarterback, but his inefficient ways led to the switch to freshman Danny Etling, although he hasn't been much better, completing 53.2 percent of his passes for 1,205 yards, six touchdowns and seven picks.
The Boilermakers' rushing attack is virtually non-existent, as they average just 70.4 yards per game on the ground. Akeem Hunt (449 yards, TD) has garnered the most work, but averages just 3.8 yards per carry. He is also the team's leading receiver with 37 receptions for 340 yards and two more scores.
DeAngelo Yancey (21 receptions, 421 yards, TD) has been a solid big-play threat in the passing game, but he is listed as questionable for this contest with a hamstring injury. Justin Sinz (32 receptions, 253 yards, three TDs) would act as the top target in the event of Yancey's absence.
In addition to a lackluster offensive attack, Purdue is also plagued by a defense that surrenders more than 36 points per game while allowing opponents to convert 53 percent of its third-down attempts.
Ricardo Allen is the defensive standout with four interceptions and a forced fumble. Anthony Grown has a team-best 66 tackles, while Bruce Gaston has tallied 6.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks.
For all of Indiana's struggles this season, it has still pieced together an outstanding offensive attack, as it ranks second in the Big Ten in both points (36.8 ppg) and yardage (491.8 ypg).
The Hoosiers utilize a two-quarterback scheme to impressive results. Nate Sudfeld takes the majority of the snaps and has completed more than 60 percent of his passes for 2,505 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Tre Roberson, a much bigger rushing threat than Sudfeld (269 yards, five TDs), is also mixed in and has thrown for 855 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tevin Coleman (958 yards, 12 TDs) has been one of the best running backs in the conference, but he has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for this matchup. Stephen Houston (633 yards, three TDs) will once again assume a larger role in the offense if Coleman can't suit up.
Cody Latimer has built up a strong report with both of his quarterbacks, as he's caught 65 passes for 986 yards (third in the Big Ten) and eight touchdowns. Kofi Hughes (44 receptions, 685 yards, six TDs) and Shane Wynn (39 receptions, 581 yards, eight TDs) round out a great receiving trio for IU.
The Hoosiers' biggest issue has been the poor play of their defense, as they rank last in the Big Ten and 115th in the country in allowing 39.1 yards per game.
Greg Heban is one of the only defensive players having a good season, as he has racked up 79 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble. John Laihinen has 4.5 sacks to lead the team.
Indiana's porous defense might allow the Boilermakers to score a few more points than they are used to, but that likely won't be enough for a Purdue squad that has shown very little fight of late. Expect the Hoosiers' solid play at home to continue was they close out the season with a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana 41, Purdue 28
11/27 11:36:11 ET