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Penn State vs. Purdue Prediction Roundtable

There are two ways to look at last week’s prediction results.  Either Eric is the only realist amongst the VBR staff, or Eric hates Penn State.  It has to be one of the two.  In either case, our resident Nittanyville, uh, resident, was the only writer to pick a Minnesota win last week.  The rest of us look to get back on track this week.

Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)

There are all kinds of stats to be thrown out demonstrating just how bad Purdue is, but the fact the only Boilermaker win of the season came by 6, against FCS Indiana State, should say it all.  I trust that Darrell Hazell will get it figured out, but he’s not working with much in year 1.

After a disappointing loss in Minneapolis, the Boilermakers are exactly what this team needs to get ready for the final two games of the year.  I expect a heavy dose of Zwinak, Belton, and if he’s healthy, Lynch, as PSU shouldn’t have to throw the ball too much.  The Purdue offense lacks the athleticism, or power, to challenge the defense.  I’ll take the Lions 38-14.

Co-Editor Barry Leonard, Jr. (@barryleonardjr)

So I was terribly wrong last week, time to bounce back this week. That’s exactly what the Nittany Lions will look to do after suffering a tough loss in Minnesota last weekend. Luckily, the Purdue Boilermakers represent a perfect rebound opportunity. The Boilermakers have yet to win a Big Ten game this year and have managed just one total win.

Zach Zwinak made his re-appearance in a big way last week, rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown. Christian Hackenberg had one the worst games of his career, and will look to bounce back this week. I expect the defense to continue its solid play that it began in the second half last week. The Nittany Lions shut out the Gophers after halftime.

This game should be an easy victory by the Nittany Lions on paper, but that’s never worked out yet this year. Look for it to be closer than expected, but Penn State will come out on top, 28-14.

Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)

Purdue is an awful team. Their only win of the season was a six-point win over Indiana State. Penn State should blow them out of the water and every facet of this game should be dominated by the Nittany Lions. Will that happen? Who knows with this team. But it sure would be nice to win a Big Ten home game without going into overtime.

Penn State 27 Purdue 13

Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)

After last week’s Jekyll and Hyde performance in Minnesota, Penn State looks to get back on the winning track as they play host to the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue is in last place in the Leader’s Division and this week’s matchup couldn’t come at a better time for the Nittany Lions. Look for the Lions to go to well and feed the big time playmakers, Allen Robinson, Zack Zwinak, and Bill Belton.
The second half of last week’s game showed that the Lions can play tough team defense. I look for that to continue this week as the front four should wreak havoc on the Purdue offensive line. I’m not sure Penn State covers the 21.5 point spread, but I think they will win the game.

Penn State 31 Purdue 13

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