2017 Football Preview – Big Ten – Boilermakers
Looking for 2017 Purdue Boilermakers predictions? The Boilermakers endured a very brutal 2016 season that saw them only win three games and them deciding to make a coaching change at the end of the season. They have brought in Jeff Brohm who was previously at Western Kentucky, and while he was there he was known for his teams having offensive excellence.
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But this team is still expected to struggle as he has only been able to bring in one recruiting class of his own.
So will the team be able to take a little step forward? Or will it be the same team that Boilermaker fans have grown used to.
2017 Purdue Boilermakers Predictions: Team Strengths
Quarterback is Set: One of the biggest strengths is at the quarterback position, which is a good thing because that is very important in a system run by Brohm.
He has always been an offensive coach, and at Western Kentucky his quarterbacks thrived under his system. This year he will have a really good quarterback in David Blough to work with.
The Junior Quarterback threw for 3352 yards last year which led the Big Ten and 25 touchdowns. The only big weakness with his game last year was the turnovers. He threw 21 interceptions and that cost the Boilermakers a lot of games.
If he can cut down on the turnovers he will be one of the best quarterback in the Big Ten, and with a new coaching helping him I think that he will be able to accomplish that.
Better Defense: Now I don’t know if the defense will actually be a strength this year, but they will be a strength compared to what they offered last year.
Last year the Boilermakers defense allowed 38 points or more seven times, and that resulted in them being one of the worst defenses in the country. Last year the biggest issue was the defense was young and it resulted in a lot of growing pains.
But this year those growing pains should be able to be turned into a strength. Markus Bailey is back as sophomore to anchor the defense from the middle linebacker position.
The front seven of this defense should be much improved, and that should really help the team.
2017 Purdue Boilermakers Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Offensive Line Struggles: As bad as the defense was last year they weren’t the worst part of the team, that honor goes to the offensive line.
They weren’t good in run or pass blocking and they let too many people in the backfield. Now they will probably improve a bit this year, as the younger guys get a year older, but no one expects the offensive line to be fixed overnight.
This is going to be a work in progress that is probably going to take a couple of years rather then a couple of months.
Tough Schedule: A lot of the time first year head coaches want to have an easy non conference schedule, especially when the team was bad the year before.
That isn’t the case with this team though. They open against Louisville and then go play Ohio and Missouri. If they can even win one of those games they have to feel good about what they have done with that part of the schedule.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction: 3-9
Like i said about the first part of schedule is brutal for Purdue and this team could very easily start out with six start losses.
But towards the end of the schedule, they get to play Rutgers, Illinois, and Indiana, all winnable games.
I think they will win one of the first three games and then beat Rutgers and Illinois to finish the season with three wins again this year.
2017 Purdue Boilermakers Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 7:30 PM ET LOU
- 9/8/17 8:00 PM ET OHIO
- 9/16/17 TBD @MIZZ
- 9/23/17 TBD MICH
- 10/7/17 TBD MINN
- 10/14/17 TBD @WIS
- 10/21/17 12:00 PM ET @RUTG
- 10/28/17 TBD NEB
- 11/4/17 TBD ILL
- 11/11/17 TBD @NW
- 11/18/17 TBD @IOWA
- 11/25/17 TBD IND
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