Gerry DiNardo and Les Miles agreed the Boilermakers were a team to watch Thursday on the Big Ten Network, with DiNardo calling them “one of the best stories in the early season in college football.” Miles added that coach Jeff Brohm has done a “remarkable job” so far in West Lafayette.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 14, 2017
The stats, combined with Brohm’s track record, back up the idea Purdue could make some noise in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers averaged 36 points and 451 yards in their first two games, well above their averages of 24.6 and 391.1 from last year. Given that Brohm’s Western Kentucky led the nation in scoring 45.5 points per game last year, plenty more improvement could be on the way.
The Boilermakers will get their next chance to impress with a matchup against SEC opponent Missouri this week. The Tigers currently rank 114th in the country in scoring defense, yielding 37 points per game to Missouri State and South Carolina.