No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue
Records: OSU is 8-0, 4-0 Big Ten; Purdue is 1-6, 0-3.
Series: OSU leads 39-14-2.
Favorite: OSU by 32.
Notes: OSU has not been so heavily favored for a true road game since traveling to Illinois in 1998, when the Buckeyes won 41-0 to cover a 36½-point spread. ... The Buckeyes are heading to their modern-day House of Horrors. Four of their 13 Big Ten road losses since 2000 have come at Ross-Ade Stadium (2000, ’04, ’09, ’11). ... This year, though, there’s no way around it: Purdue is a bad football team. Led by first-year coach and former Buckeyes assistant Darrell Hazell, the youthful Boilermakers rank 122nd of 125 of FBS teams in total offense (278.6 yards per game) and 69th in total defense (399.6). They have lost five straight and are off to their worst start since going 1-10 in 1993. ... The Buckeyes, meanwhile, lead the Big Ten in scoring (47.2 points) and total offense (517.2), and despite an uneven first half of the season, they are fourth in total defense (336.1). OSU is one of six FBS schools yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. ... Purdue is the Buckeyes’ fourth straight opponent to come into the game off of a bye week. ... OSU is two wins away from matching the school-record 22-game streak spanning 1967 to 1969.
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