Purdue started the first season of the Jeff Brohm era with a highly competitive loss to Louisville on Saturday. On Friday, the Boilermakers will have a chance to get their first win of the season in front of their home crowd against Ohio.
The Bobcats, coached by Frank Solich, are looking to make a bowl game for the third straight season. They’ll enter this game as underdogs, but not by too much.
Below, find the game time, TV channel, online streaming and radio information and a preview for Purdue-Ohio.
Purdue vs. Ohio game time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, Sept. 8
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Weather: Sunny with a high of 74 degrees
Line: Purdue -4.5
Purdue vs. Ohio TV information
FOX Sports 1 will broadcast the game.
How can I stream Purdue vs. Ohio online?
You can head on over to FOX Sports Go. The game will stream right here.
How can I listen to Purdue vs. Ohio on the radio?
Purdue Sports Properties will broadcast the game with Tim Newton, Pete Quinn and Kelly Kitchel on the call. That’s on Sirius XM channel 84, and can be streamed on the TuneIn app.
Purdue vs. Ohio preview
Here are three things to look for during the game:
Who’s behind center for Purdue?
David Blough was Purdue’s quarterback last year, but Elijah Sindelar started and alternated with Blough against Louisville.
“The plan is to keep playing them and let it play out and I think both guys will compete and get better,” Brohm said after the game. “Hopefully, it makes our team better.”
Blough was 18 for 26 for 175 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against Louisville, while Sindelar was 15 for 31 for 118 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. You’ll be able to watch and see if a frontrunner emerges. “If you have two quarterbacks, you really have none” is a common saying, but that doesn’t appear to apply to Brohm. We’ll see how long he’s willing to go with a two-quarterback setup.
Was last week’s effort a fluke, or was it the sign of a new era at Purdue?
Ohio isn’t a slouch. The Bobcats made last year’s MAC Championship Game, losing to P.J. Fleck’s Western Michigan, and every one of its six losses came by single-digits. While making the MAC Championship might have been enough to compete with last year’s Purdue team, the Boilermakers seemed much-improved in their season opener. This is their chance to prove that game wasn’t an aberration. Week 1 performances don’t count for a lot by the end of the season, so this is the second step toward improving a program that has only finished above .500 twice in the past decade.
Still, Ohio is replacing its quarterback, a few receivers and much of its defensive front. That could make this game less competitive.
While this game will probably come down to whether Purdue has actually made marked improvement already in Brohm’s tenure, there’s a reason the spread this close. Ohio blasted FCS team Hampton 59-0 in its season opener, which at least bodes fairly well for its season outlook. Quinton Maxwell, the Bobcats’ new starting quarterback, was 7 for 9 for 100 yards through the air before giving way to backup Nathan Rourke against Hampton. If this game is competitive, he’ll be a huge reason why.