#2 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers Game Center

The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off a historic victory in Week 6 as they beat the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions in the first top 5 matchup inside Kinnick Stadium since 1985. For their victory from behind, they moved up to 2nd in the AP poll for the first since 1985 as well.

Now they must move past the major victory and avoid a disappointment against our most hated rival: the Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilers are coming off their bye week and should be well rested after 14 days off. As our own Boiler, BoilerHawk, pointed out earlier this week, Iowa is 8-1 against teams that have more than 14 days off since 2017.

But Purdue has had Iowa’s number lately and they’ll be hungry for a win in this one. With Iowa now holding a 1.5 game lead in the Big Ten West halfway through the 2021 season, Purdue is one of two teams within striking distance of the Hawkeyes and is coming off a loss to the other. – Minnesota. A win this weekend would be a game-changing moment for the Boilers and put them in the running for a road trip to Indy.

Here’s a first look at what you need to know about this week’s game.

Date: Saturday October 16
Weather: 2:30 p.m. CT
Match: Purdue Boilermakers (3-2, 1-1) at No. 2 Iowa Hawkeye (6-0, 2-0)
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
TV: ABC
Preliminary weather forecast: sunny with temperatures below 60°C, 5% chance of rain
DraftKings opening line: Iowa -11.5, O/U 44

Story

The Hawkeyes and Boilermakers are set to meet for the 89th time in the series, which dates back to 1910. While many Iowa fans will remember the nine-game winning streak the Hawkeyes had in the series from 1983 to 1991 and extrapolating that experience across the entire series, Purdue actually holds the all-time lead at 49-39.

Importantly, current Boilermaker head coach Jeff Brohm is 3-1 against Kirk Ferentz, including a win at West Lafeyette last season. After winning seven in a row and 10 of the previous 11, Brohm stepped up in 2017 and found a way to attack Phil Parker’s defense.



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Purdue’s margin of victory in those three wins was five points while the Hawkeyes picked up a 6-point victory in 2019. Prior to Brohm’s first win of the series in 2017, Purdue hadn’t won a game at Iowa City since 1992.

The Hawkeyes enter this week on a 12-game winning streak overall and a 9-game winning streak against Big Ten opponents. It’s only the second time in program history that Iowa has beaten conference foes nine in a row. The other came in 2001-2002. The current streak began in week three of the 2020 season after Iowa opened with back-to-back losses to Purdue and Northwestern.

The weekend game will serve as Iowa’s homecoming. Details of the homecoming festivities can be found on the University of Iowa website here.