Does Week 3 of the 2017 college football season have intriguing matchups occurring left and right?
There are three games featuring two top-25 teams against each other and the Big Ten has nearly each opponent residing in a Group of 5 conference. However, one exception has caught the attention of Sports Illustrated.
Purdue travels to face Missouri on the road on Saturday. According to mybookie.ag, the Boilermakers are catching 7.5 points as the road team, favoring the Tigers and the SEC.
Here’s what Joan Niesen from si.com had to say about the potential upset:
“I’m not sure if this pick makes me a traitor to my alma mater or if I’m just in denial about propagating a reverse jinx through journalism. What I do know is that I have no confidence at all in the Tigers’ defense, even after they fired coordinator DeMontie Cross this week. Missouri said the firing was a result of philosophical differences rather than on-field performance, which makes sense considering head coach Barry Odom is the one calling the Tigers’ plays. Losing Cross won’t amount to some kind of sweeping change defensively, which is what Missouri needs after allowing 43 and the 31 points the past two weeks.
“Meanwhile, 1–1 Purdue put up a fight against Louisville in Week 1, eventually losing 35–28, and then defeated Ohio last Friday, 44–21. The Boilermakers have a potent offense, and that could be too much for Missouri to contend with.”
Could Niesen be right? Are the Boilermakers poised for an upset? Both teams are 1-1 on the season, but Purdue has had the prettier looking two-week stretch to open the year.
Sure, Missouri put up 72 points in its season opener, but that came against Missouri State. The Boilermakers will surely push the Tigers’ defense and likely won’t allow quarterback Drew Lock to throw it up and down the field against them either.
Sports Illustrated likes the potential of this upset, and quite frankly, so should you.
The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET start on Saturday in Columbia. The contest will be televised on SEC Network.