Purdue and Iowa football play Saturday, November 18, 2017. Find the TV channel and live stream information below.
The Boilermakers play their final road game of Jeff Brohm’s first season as head coach against an Iowa team that is coming off two well, different, performances against the Big Ten’s division leaders. The Hawkeyes blasted Ohio State, 55-24, then turned around and lost to Wisconsin 38-14. Purdue has been on a more even keel, going 2-4 after its September bye week after some significant early season hype.
Purdue football TV channel for Iowa game
Purdue vs. Iowa will be televised on Big Ten Network. Find BTN in your area here.
Purdue football live stream online for Iowa
Purdue vs. Iowa will be streaming on BTN2go.com.
Purdue football picks for Iowa game
ESPN’s Mitch Sherman: Iowa 31, Purdue 21
S&P+: Iowa 23.9, Purdue 23.6
My pick: Purdue 24, Iowa 21
Purdue football game time vs. Iowa
Purdue vs. Iowa kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Purdue football vs. Iowa preview
Purdue and Iowa appear to be a fairly even match. S&P+ and FiveThirtyEight’s advanced stats projections differ on this game, with the former projecting about a 50-50 split while the latter gives Iowa a 74 percent chance of victory.
Two quick thoughts on the game:
Okay, so what the heck are we going to see from Iowa’s offense?
Iowa coming out of nowhere to absolutely wreck Ohio State is probably the weirdest thing that’s happened in college football this season. Nate Stanley threw five (!!!) touchdowns in that game, which is almost a quarter of his season total. He completed 20 of 31 passes on the day for 226 yards and zero interceptions, rivaling his 333-yard output against Iowa State for the best performance in his first season as the starter. Then, he threw for all of 41 yards against a suffocating Wisconsin defense. (That’s out of 66 total Iowa yards on the day.) Stanley’s at his best when Iowa has Akrum Wadley and James Butler zooming around in the backfield, and the two backs combined for over 200 yards against Ohio State and only had 53 against Wisconsin (Stanley had negative 35 rushing yards due to sacks.)
Purdue’s defense has actually been its better side, despite Jeff Brohm’s reputation as an offensive coach amidst early season headlines about the Boilermakers’ improved offense. Fun stat here: Purdue was one of three teams to hold Rutgers under 100 total yards in a game this season, with the other two being Ohio State and Penn State.
For Purdue, this is a chance to get a solid win over an above-average division opponent
The Big Ten West isn’t exactly the toughest division in college football. Wisconsin ran away with the crown this season. Nebraska’s probably firing Mike Riley. Illinois has won exactly zero conference games. Northwestern’s been solid but still didn’t contend with Wisconsin. Purdue and Iowa both fit in somewhere here. The Boilermakers seemed like a team that could potentially slide into the West’s No. 2 spot. Northwestern and Iowa are probably the two teams battling for that spot, not that it matters in the big picture. In a slightly smaller picture, this is a shot for Purdue to get its best win of the season. The Boilermakers lost to Northwestern by 10 points and plays Indiana in Week 13. Without a victory over Iowa, Purdue’s best win is probably over Minnesota. (You could also argue Missouri here, but I’d say the Missouri team Purdue crushed in Week 3 is vastly different from the one that’s been on a tear since.)