First-year coach Jeff Brohm and his Purdue Boilermakers were one of the feel-good stories of the 2017 season. He took a 3-9 team that permanently returned the same talent and turned them into a 7-6 team that went bowling. With such a drastic change, expectations are soaring for Brohm, but with the departure of his most crucial defensive talent, and an unfavorable schedule, it would be shocking if Purdue is still playing in late December.
After leading the Boilermakers to a 7-6 season in just his first season, coming off of a 3-9 record the previous year, head coach Jeff Brohm proved his worth. A defensive minded coach was the key for the Boilermakers last year, with one of the most robust units in the stacked Big 10. If they had gotten a little more consistency on the offensive side, nine-wins were foreseeable. This year it’s back to the drawing board for Brohm, who lost the majority of his defensive talent to graduation.
The schedule will not be doing Brohm any justice either, with a three-week run against Ohio State, Michigan State, and sneaky Iowa. Out-of-conference, both matchups against Missouri and Boston College are essentially a coin toss, but for the Boilermakers to go bowling again, they will need to take both of those game. Being at home for those matchups helps, but the defense is going to look astray at the beginning of the year. If Elijah Sindelar can improve, and it would be wise to expect he does consider he played multiple games in 2017 with a torn ACL, a six-win season is possible, but he’s going to have to be spectacular for that to happen.
Record: Wins 4, Losses 8
Week 1: Purdue 20, Northwestern 23 (L)
Week 2: Purdue 35, Eastern Michigan 17 (W)
Week 3: Purdue 21, Missouri 23 (L)
Week 4: Purdue 28, Boston College 31 (L)
Week 5: Purdue 30, Nebraska 35 (L)
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: Purdue 28, Illinois 21 (W)
Week 8: Purdue 14, Ohio State 30 (L)
Week 9: Purdue 20, Michigan State 38 (L)
Week 10: Purdue 20, Iowa 30 (L)
Week 11: Purdue 42, Minnesota 31 (W)
Week 12: Purdue 24, Wisconsin 38 (L)
Week 13: Purdue 24, Indiana 21 (W)