Purdue has been one of the surprise teams in college football in the early part of the 2017 season.
The Boilermakers aren’t supposed to contend for a Big Ten title — and they’re unranked in the latest AP poll — but they do have a tremendous opportunity against No. 8 Michigan on Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.
First-year coach Jeff Brohm — who has been touted as one of college football’s most underrated coaches — knows it. He talked not just about the week leading up to the big game, but about what it will take to knock down the Wolverines at Ross-Ade Stadium.
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Purdue officials are expecting a full stadium. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the last sellout crowd at Purdue was nine years ago against Indiana. The Boilermakers won 62-10 that day in Joe Tiller’s final game as coach.
It’s supposed to be hot Saturday in the Midwest, with a forecast high of 90 degrees in West Lafayette. Purdue officials say they’ll be ready with extra water ($3 per bottle), more concessions workers, and hydration stations that fans can use to fill water bottles that they bring into the stadium.
The Boilermakers are 2-1 and coming off a 35-3 thrashing of SEC foe Missouri. Purdue played Louisville tough in a loss and hammered Ohio. The Wolverines have defeated Florida, Cincinnati and Air Force, but haven’t looked dominant on offense.
Purdue hosts Michigan at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.