Purdue (@1.22) vs Nevada (@4.5)

Our Prediction:

Purdue will win

Purdue – Nevada Match Prediction | 23-08-2019

With two bowl games and a couple of marquee wins under his belt, Brohm would love to take the Boilermakers to another level in 2019 and start competing at the top of the Big Ten West division. Last years season was particularly impressive after the Boilermakers started the year 0-3. After such a poor start, Purdue won five of their next six games, including wins against three against ranked teams, highlighted by their 49-20 upset of Ohio State.

There could be some early-season growing pains, especially against the Purdue defense. Replacing Gangi will be redshirt freshman Carson Strong. But it wont be easy for him to pick up where Gangi left off last season. He beat out a few talented, not to mention older, quarterbacks for the starting job, and theres little doubt that Strong brings plenty of upside to the position.

The gambling community often has plenty to talk about, however, and tonight BetOnline.ag released some of the opening lines for the for the season. Surprisingly, Purdue is a relatively big favorite on the road in week one. Were 82 days away from kickoff of the 2019 football season and there really is not a lot ot write about in the offseason. They have Purdue as a nine point favorite in the season opener at Nevada.

Sindelar split time with Blough two years ago and passed for over 2,000 yards, tossing 18 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Purdue may have lost starting quarterback David Blough, but Elijah Sindelar should be ready to step in without skipping a beat. He has big-time arm strength, which will allow the Boilermakers to take chances down the field against a Nevada secondary that is replacing a lot of key contributors from last season.

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? Purdue is without its two starting tackles, with the two backups having played only sparingly this season. Purdue would probably have to move Jordan Roos outside, then shuffle everyone else around. If he or Cameron Cermin should get hurt, then ... And one, Jalen Neal, being a JUCO transfer who is going to be thrust into a starting role at a critical position, at left tackle.

But I honestly believe that Purdue is capable of taking that next step, and that means taking care of business against a good Nevada team. Im always a little nervous to have a mid-level power-5 team play as a road favorite against a solid mid-major program. Ill trust the Boilermakers to cover. In the end, 10 points isnt that big of a spread, especially since the Wolf Pack have a few questions to answer.

That appears to be, shall we say, a bit of a problem. It's difficult to put much faith in a defense that again looks like what it's been for the better part of a decade and this offensive tackle situation should set off piercing sirens. And that's where Purdue is right now, a team that has to show it can beat anyone before it can be expected to beat anyone.

Both teams will have some success on offense, but itll be tough for the Wolf Pack to keep up over four quarters. I like my chances leaning toward Purdue to cover 10 points. While I expect Nevada to be competitive in this game, I like Purdue to pull away in the second half. The Boilermakers have the more experienced quarterback and more explosive playmakers.

In addition to Sindelar giving Purdue a quarterback with some experience, the Boilermakers also have one of the most electric playmakers in the country in Rondale Moore. As a receiver, runner, and returner, Moore had over 2,200 all-purpose yards last season. He saved some of his best performances for late in the season, so I expect him to hit the ground running as a sophomore.