Purdue Spoilermakers: Should Michigan State Be Worried?
Tomorrow the MSU Spartans will play the Purdue Boilermakers on the road. MSU is a 3 point road favorite, but don't forget that Purdue could be the Spoilermakers.
The Spartans have beaten Purdue in every meeting since 2007, but that doesn't mean they should take this game lightly. Purdue has 16 wins against top 5 teams while unranked. That's the best in the country and something Michigan State needs to take into account.
Purdue already pulled a big upset this year when they beat Iowa on the road, so it's not impossible for them to do it again when they play MSU.
We also have to remember that State is coming off of the high of winning against their rival. We've seen it before where they beat Michigan and then lose the next week. This will be a good test for Tucker to see if he can keep his team focused.
Purdue needs one more win to be eligible for a bowl game, so they're going to play hard. They're also at home, which makes a difference. One thing MSU has going for them is that Purdue's run defense isn't great. They also have Kenneth Walker III.
Over the years, Purdue has had some great players. I want to give you my list. If I miss one, please let us know. So, here I go.
Bob Griese, Mike Phipps, Leroy Keys, Otis Armstrong, Daryl Stingley, Mike Alstott, Rod Woodson, Jim Everett, Rondale Moore, Ryan Kerrigan, Mark Hermann, Len Dawson, Kyle Orton, Dave Butz, Rosevelt Colvin, Stuart Schweigert, Rob Ninkovich, Mel Gray, Chris Dishman, Cecil Isbell, Matt Light and Drew Brees.
These are the top-flight players that I could think of off the top of my head.
Growing up Purdue was always solid, but these past few years they haven’t been that good. They're having a pretty good season this year, though, with some big wins. If you're MSU, you can’t take the Boileys for granted. I’m sure Mel Tucker is quite aware of this.
We'll have to wait and see if Purdue will come out tomorrow and be the Spoilermakers.