Ohio State vs. Purdue Buckeyes Wire staff predictions

The Ohio State Buckeyes are continuing their run for the College Football Playoff this Saturday in a match-up against the Purdue Boilermakers in Columbus at 3: 30 p.m. EST. The Buckeyes are coming off of an extremely close victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 26-17, and will be looking to provide some style points for the CFP Committee.

Purdue is currently at 6-3 after a strange and inconsistent season. It has just won a huge upset over the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans, 40-29. Commonly referred to as a trap game. But does it still apply if your team has already defeated two top-five opponents?

The Buckeyes Wire staff has some interesting takeaways this week. We hope to have a more accurate view considering that all three of us predicted big Ohio State wins last Wednesday.

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Phill Harrison

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Zach Harrison (9) and Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Steele Chambers (22) celebrate after Chambers forced Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) to throw away the football during Saturday’s NCAA Division I football game against the at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on October 30, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State 42, Purdue 24

The passing game at Purdue scares the hell out of me. This is the type of attack that can cause problems for Ohio State. The Boilermakers can be bullied up front by teams, however. This is what Wisconsin showed us, and I believe Ohio State can do the same and be balanced to win this game, especially at home.

Josh Keatley

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Marcus Hooker (23) defends wide receiver Sam Wiglusz (82) during football training camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State 49, Purdue 21

I was referring to this in my intro. However, this is not a trap match. Two of the top five teams, Michigan State and Ohio State, have been beaten by the Boilermakers. Ohio State needs style points. This should be an all gas no brakes scenario. Purdue’s strong and underrated defensive line will put a test on the underwhelming Ohio State offense line. But, the Buckeyes should still roll. David Bell is a great first-round talent. However, I hope Ohio State has a plan in place to slow down Purdue’s most powerful weapon.

Mark Russell

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Buckeyes 42, Purdue 24

The Boilermakers’ defense looked strong in wins but hasn’t seen the firepower it will face in the Shoe. The Purdue passing attack will be a challenge for the Buckeye defense. I think they may give up a few plays. The Buckeyes don’t take Purdue lightly. As they head into the final stretch to another Big Ten title, and possibly a CFP birth, they know exactly what is at stake.

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