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Purdue vs. Iowa Football Prediction and Preview

Purdue vs. Iowa Football Prediction and Preview

Purdue vs. Iowa Prediction and Preview

If there's a team in the Big Ten in serious need of a win this weekend, it just might be Iowa. After two straight losses in cross-division play, the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2) hop back into the division this week in search of a rebound win. Enter Purdue (2-4, 1-2), a team riddled with injuries and struggling to continue taking steps forward after a year of progress last season.

Iowa has played two straight defensive slugfests against Michigan and Penn State, so facing Purdue should be a bit of relief by comparison. But if the Hawkeyes' offense still can't get anything going, Purdue could hang around to make for a stressful afternoon in Kinnick Stadium. Can Purdue pull it off and drop Iowa to a third consecutive loss, or will the Hawkeyes get their bounce-back win and turn their offense around?

Purdue at Iowa

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN2

Spread: Iowa -18

When Purdue Has the Ball

Purdue's offense has been beaten up in recent weeks, and the big question remains: When will star wide receiver Rondale Moore get back on the field? Unfortunately for Purdue, head coach Jeff Brohm doesn't anticipate that it will be this week. Moore's status remains cloudy at best for the next few weeks, which will continue to hamper the Boilermakers.

Jack Plummer remains Purdue's quarterback following the season-ending injury to Elijah Sindelar. After a rough start against Penn State, Plummer fared much better last week against Maryland with 420 passing yards and three touchdowns. But back on the road against a feisty defense like Iowa's with A.J. Epenesa (3.0 sacks) breathing down his neck, Plummer will be put to the test this week.