The Purdue offense was bitten by the injury bug last season which made it tough for the Boilermakers to compete. However, younger players were given the opportunity to receive valuable playing time, which will help in 2011. Rob Henry is the favorite to start at quarterback after playing well in place of injured Robert Marve after week four last season. Marve comes back for a senior season however, so the QB battle will be a good one to watch all season. The defense will miss All-American Ryan Kerrigan, but the unit returns nine of the previous 11 starters from last season; a plus for the Boilermakers going into a difficult conference schedule. Purdue will most likely start the season 4-1 with that only loss coming to Notre Dame, but a conference stretch with games at Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin will hurt the Boilers, not to mention having to also face Ohio State and Iowa at home. I give them Minnesota and Indiana, but that’s all for them this season; a 2-6, 5th finish in the leaders division.
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