Jumbo Heroes (1-2):
Much like Purdue, I’m sitting at 1-2 for the season, but hey, I’m just a few good opportunities away from turning this 1-2 into 3-0 and you know what, I’m going to take that, I think. To paraphrase Ted Lasso, just like my favorite sweatshirt from college, the choices I made in those choices, I can’t go back. I made them, I need to own them and move on.
I got a DM last night from a person I went to Purdue with who knows a little about the ins and outs of the Purdue Athletics Department and he informed me that the AOC was out of the game. I was immediately shocked. It couldn’t be true, could it? But before you know it this morning, several other sources confirm that the AOC is a game-time decision. And now for this Purdue team? Austin Burton seems like the likely candidate to start, but he’s only started one game in his career and that was at UCLA. We’ve seen him on the field for Purdue in the past, but never in this capacity. Never like QB1. Will he be up to the task? I know he is FAU, but nothing is a gimme. Also, how long will the AOC be out (if he is in fact out)?
Vegas and Draft Kings seem to have noticed this change, as Purdue is now 16.5 points favorite according to his current odds. It still seems like everyone is calling this a Purdue win and I tend to agree. If you’ve listened to the latest podcast, you know I’m not terribly afraid of the FAU, but this AOC thing changes things a bit. Unfortunately, I’ve already logged my score, and to be gentlemanly with Casey and the podcast, I’m keeping the score the same, although I don’t think Purdue will score as much with AOC (possibly) out. I also have Charlie Jones AKA Chuck Sizzle with 12 receptions for 157 yards and 2 TDs.
Purdue’s offense will be too much for a leaky FAU secondary. AOC may have their best game of the year against the Owls. Purdue’s defense will allow for some great plays, but for most parties it will be petty and get the job done.
Purdue has a great passing game. Florida Atlantic has terrible pass defense. The Owls have an offense that can do a few things and an experienced quarterback, which is usually the first ingredient for a comeback, but I think Purdue’s passing game is working pretty well right now. This game is nearly halfway through before the Boilers walk away.
Florida Atlantic 21
Purdue shouldn’t fight this FAU team, but don’t neglect them. They’re not good at defense (they dropped 41 to Ohio), but FAU quarterback N’Kosi Perry is a former 4* talent who transferred from Miami after playing quite a bit. He’s experienced and won’t be intimidated by playing on the road. He is 6th in the NCAA in passing yards (987) and 4th in touchdowns (10). He only played 2 picks. He’s not the most efficient QB, but he’s explosive. If Purdue decides to take the top 3 quarters out of the offense again this week. They will get better. That said, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Purdue leaves early, Perry throws at least one pick trying to keep up with a firefight, and Purdue walks away.
Similar to the Indiana State game, I think Purdue will have a frustrating loss the week before at the Florida Atlantic. The Boilermakers just quit the game in Syracuse and must be hungry for redemption. Florida Atlantic shouldn’t be entirely overlooked, but this shouldn’t be too much of a game. I see O’Connell and Jones continuing their strong connection to dominate the Owls.
Florida Atlantic 17
No choice received.
Just like Ledman said, we heard the AOC news after the podcast, but I’m nothing but a gentleman, so I’ll keep my score as well. Hear my logic in the last podcast. Charlies Jones goes for 142 yards on 7 receptions with 2 TDs.
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