Some things to watch in the Big Ten this weekend:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Purdue at Missouri. The Boilermakers (1-1) take to the road for a matchup with Missouri, Purdue’s first game against a Southeastern Conference foe since 2004. After dropping a tough 35-28 decision to Louisville at the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts, the Boilermakers rebounded at home last week with a 44-21 rout of Ohio and are looking to sustain the momentum against the Tigers (1-1). Purdue first-year coach Jeff Brohm says of Missouri: “A very good football team that has a lot of talent and skill that plays in an outstanding conference.” Brohm left Western Kentucky with the goal of bringing the Boilermakers back to respectability after a 9-39 stretch over the past four years.
Iowa’s defense against North Texas QB Mason Fine. The Hawkeyes yielded 41 points and 467 yards in a 44-41 overtime win over Iowa State last week. Now they face a squad that’s amassed 91 points and 1,161 yards in two games — albeit against Lamar and SMU — behind Fine, who’s completed 69 percent of his passes for 648 yards and six TDs. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says, “Offensively, they’re very impressive. They’ve got very good skill players, very good speed and I’m really impressed with their quarterback. He reminds me of Matt McGloin, who played for Penn State five years ago and played for the Raiders. He’s a sharp, nifty, very efficient and smart quarterback. Seems to me he like does a really good job of getting the ball where it should go, and he gets it there fast. So, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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