Purdue Football 2021: Week 7 – # 2 Iowa

3:30 p.m. ET


Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa (Cap. 69,250)


Forecast: 60 ° F, 0% chance of rain, winds 16 mph WNW

Record 2021

Purdu (3-2)

Iowa (6-0)

S & P + rankings

Purdue – 47

Iowa – 16

All-time playoff wins

Purdue – 49

Iowa – 39

Ties – 3

Last victory of the series

October 24, 2020 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana (24-20)

October 19, 2019 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa (26-20)

Planned starting lineups


QB: Aidan O’Connell

RB: King Doerue

LT: Greg Long

LG: Spencer Holstege

C: Gus Hartwing

RG: Tyler Witt

RT: Eric Miller

TE: Garrett Miller

WR: David Bell

WR: TJ Sheffield

WR: Milton Wright

NT: Lawrence Johnson

DT: Branson Deen

FROM: George Karlaftis

FROM: DaMarcus Mitchell

OLB: Jaylan Alexander

MLB: Kieren Douglas

OLB: Jalen Graham

DC: Jamari Brown

FS: Cam Allen

SS: Marvin Grant

DC: Dedrick Mackey

K: Mitchell Fineran

P: Jack Ansell

LS: Nick Zecchino

KR: TJ Sheffield

PR: Jackson Anthrop


Comparison of 2021 statistics

Purdue Iowa
Offensive points per game 23.6 31.5
Offensive yards on the ground per game 90.2 123.3
Offensive passing yards per game 325.4 194.2
Total Offensive Yards Per Game 415.6 317.5
Defensive points per game 15.4 13.0
Rushed Defensive Yards Per Game 125.6 90.3
Defensive passing yards per game 175.2 183.7
Total Defensive Yards Per Game 300.8 274.0

What to watch

The Boilermakers just completed a well-deserved week off last week and are heading to the # 2 AP ranked team in the country, Iowa. The Hawkeyes come off a huge home win over No.4 Penn State 23-30. While the task ahead is certainly daunting, Jeff Brohm and the Boilers have had success against Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes in recent years, going 3-1 since Brohm’s arrival. Let’s see how they stand in 2021.

On offense, we expect Aidan O’Connell to remain QB1, with King Doerue joining him to open the game after making a comeback against Minnesota two weeks ago. The receiving corps starters are all expected to be on deck this week with Bell, Wright, Durham and Anthrop. The depth at the wide receiver recently took a hit, with season-ending injuries for Mershawn Rice and Abdur Rahamaan-Yaseen, both of whom were really starting to show results on the court ahead of injury. On the offensive end of the ball, Purdue will look to continue to get the ball out of O’Connell’s hands quickly and will need to be particularly concerned with protecting passes this week against a big Iowa 7 front. In recent years, Purdue has struggled came out tough games against the Hawkeye defense and was effective in the passing game against the back of cover 2 of Iowa. In two games against Iowa, David Bell has 26 receptions for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. The biggest key to the game will be the offensive turnovers. Iowa currently leads the country with a net sales margin ratio of 2.5.

Defensively, he was hoping for a return from top half Cory Trice after sustaining an ankle injury before Notre Dame, but reportedly suffered a knee injury and is out for the season. Boiler’s defense should be the same staff as them. have had in their last two games. Speaking of which, I’d love not to mention the incredible defense turnaround from 2020 to 2021. At the time of writing, Purdue has the 8th best defense in the country in terms of points. But the Boilers will face an offense from Iowa that is poised to smash practice and stay ahead of the chains with their classic Iowa, heavy run, heavy pass offense TE. Tyler Goodson, who is currently on the verge of running for over 1,000 yards in the regular season, is hammering the rock for the Hawkeyes this year. The most focused and successful receiver in Iowa is naturally their Tight End Sam LaPorta. Jalen Graham will once again face another high-profile tight end against a schedule that has produced many NFL tight ends in recent years. Great time key match. Under central Iowa sits junior Spencer Petras. So far in 2021, Petras has completed just under 61% of his passes for 1,138 yards with 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions to his name. Jamari Brown will likely attract wide top Nico Ragini of Iowa as a key away clash. Passing rush will be especially big at the edges with Karlaftis and Mitchell this week, as the inside of the Iowa line is anchored by a top talent center in Tyler Linerbaum. The gap assignments for linebackers WILL and MIKE will be key to stopping Iowa’s rushed attack.

Somehow, Purdue has gone from an offensive clash in 2017 against the Hawkeyes to a defenses clash in 2021, but here we are. Taking care of the ball, moving the chains and leaning on the defenses will be the name of the game for both teams this afternoon. Purdue had a pretty stifling defense with occasional breakdowns resulting in massive scoring or near scoring play. The number of those key plays as well as the offensive turnovers will determine the outcome of this one in Iowa City. Hold on to your butt, it’s gonna be tight in Iowa City.

Radio / TV

Radio: Purdue Radio Network

Television: ABC

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