Upset Alert: Revitalized Purdue Focuses on Ohio State # 6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The handful of current upper class students in Ohio State that were on the roster then tremble at the…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The handful of current upper class Ohio State students who were on the roster then shuddered at the memory of the last time the Buckeyes faced a clearly outclassed Purdue team .

The 2018 game ended in a shocking 49-20 upset by the unranked Boilermakers, making Urban Meyer’s previously undefeated and second-hand side their only loss of the season and ultimately preventing them from making the playoffs. college football.

The Buckeyes have just cracked.

On Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium, they will face Purdue for the first time since then.

“Everyone knows it was a big loss, an unexpected loss, really,” said senior cornerback Sevyn Banks, who was a freshman in 2018.

“We absolutely have to do it right,” he said.

The Purdue debacle in 2018 has been a “talking point” among his teammates this week, said cornerback Marcus Williamson, who was on the 2018 roster but suffered a shoulder injury.

The No.6 Buckeyes (8-1, 6-0, CFP No.5) shouldn’t be taken by surprise this time around, even though they will be the favorites of three touchdowns, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Purdue (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) have won three of their last four games, including a 40-29 upset against the previously undefeated Michigan State last week.

“When we’re in a rhythm and we’re aggressive, we can do good things,” said Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. “I think we’re not afraid of the challenge, and we look forward to tough opponents and seeing how we line up.”

The Boilermakers immediately found themselves in the crowded mix atop Big Ten West. Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota are tied at 4-2 division records.

“They’re playing for a chance to go to Indy,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “They certainly have our attention.”

The Buckeyes and quarterback CJ Stroud managed to outlast Nebraska last week, 26-17. Ohio State’s top offense managed just two field goals in the second half, allowing the Cornhuskers – an underdog with two touchdowns – to make it a one-goal game until Noah Ruggles kicked off a 46-yard field goal with 1:29 to play. Stroud threw two interceptions.

It was the Buckeyes 24th consecutive Big Ten victory since Purdue’s setback in 2018.

“No matter what it looks like, we just have to win,” Day said. “If we keep winning then a lot of good things are going to happen. “

WILSON BACK?

Ohio State star wide receiver Garrett Wilson was unavailable for last week’s game for unspecified reasons. Day said Wilson is training this week, which could indicate he will play on Saturday. Jaxon Smith Njigba stepped up his absence, posting a career-high 15 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown against Nebraska.

MILLER HANGING

Quarterback Jack Miller III remains suspended after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last Friday morning. The redshirt rookie was the third string QB behind Stroud and Kyle McCord. Miller played four games on the cleaning service.

BOILERS AS SPOILERS

Purdue has already upset two Top 5 teams this season, then knocking down No. 2 Iowa and then knocking out then-No. 5 State of Michigan last week. The 2018 win over the Buckeyes was the first time the Boilers have knocked out a team this high since 1984. The victim this time? So no. 2 State of Ohio. Unranked Purdue teams have beaten a top-five foe 17 times, an FBS record.

MILESTONE MARKERS

Purdue’s season arrives with all kinds of milestones. On Tuesday, the Boilermakers made their first appearance in the CFP ranking, in 19th place. A victory on Saturday would give them their first season with four road wins since 1943.

CLIMB THE CHARTES

David Bell is enjoying the kind of season most receivers dream of. He’s already tied Brian Alford’s one-season school record with two 200-yard games and set the school record with 15 100-yard games. He also leads the FBS with 102.4 yards per game.

CAPTAINS LIMITED

Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and linebacker Teradja Mitchell had limited playing time last week, but Day wouldn’t be specific on what keeps the senior team captains on the sidelines.

“There’s a bit of everything going on there,” Day said.

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AP sports writer Michael Marot contributed.

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