The B1G is shaping up to be one of the premier conferences in college football this season. With a plethora of teams looking to contend for a B1G Title and even more hoping to lock in a bowl bid, we’re going to be running through what I believe will be the final B1G standings and how they’ll end up that way.
Purdue: 5-7 (2-7)
Last season was a strange one for Purdue, as all hope looked lost for the team after a collapse against Northwestern followed by close losses to Eastern Michigan and Missouri. After the 0-3 start, the Boilermakers surged through the middle of their schedule, capping off their incredible story with a huge win over in-state rival Indiana to send them to the Music City Bowl. The team looks to build on last season’s strong finish in 2019, as coach Jeff Brohm turned down an offer from Louisville to take over their program.
Though the talent on this team has grown immensely from last season to this upcoming year, I’m not sure that this team will be able to repeat their success. As one of the most hot and cold teams that I’ve seen in a long time, Purdue pulled off a series of upsets that would be nearly impossible to replicate, especially with their more difficult schedule. On top of this, a poor rushing attack will force the young receiving core to carry the load for the offense. Rondale Moore is one of the more explosive wideouts in the country, but one dimensional offenses like the one the Boilermakers were forced into last season are quickly caught on to by opponents.
As opposed to last year, I can see Purdue starting off an emphatic 3-0 with big wins over Nevada and Vanderbilt, and TCU before hitting a brick wall. That brick wall being made up of , Minnesota, Penn State, and Maryland. I do think that this team will be able to upset Iowa once again, and run straight over a struggling Illini before resuming their losing season against Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and finally, yet another game to determine bowl eligibility against the Hoosiers.
This will be a good football team, don’t get me wrong, but I think that Brohm’s group is still one year from contending for a B1G championship. A killer schedule paired with inexperience on the line will lead to a seemingly disappointing 5-7 season, and an even worse B1G record.