Explode the Boilermakers! (Auburn vs. Purdue Open Thread)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Explode the Boilermakers! (Auburn vs. Purdue Open Thread)

Auburn visits Nissan Stadium for the first time in 15 years.

     War Eagle, everybody! This afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2018 Music City Bowl. Both teams would love to end this season with a victory and go into the off months with some momentum. For Purdue, it is a chance to have a winning record. For Auburn, a strong performance might stave off a lot of off-season criticism. This is the first ever meeting between these two teams.

     The game is an intriguing matchup between lower-middle-tier teams from the Big Ten and the SEC. In my lifetime, Auburn is 5–3 against the Big Ten in bowl season with wins over Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Northwestern. Auburn has lost to Michigan and twice to Wisconsin. It will be strength against strength and weakness against weakness. Purdue brings a high-powered offense against a stingy Auburn defense. Likewise, a leaky Purdue defense faces an Auburn offense that sometimes can’t get out of its own way.

     The game will kick off at 12:30 PM and will be televised on ESPN. The weather has been frightful for the last couple of days in the southeast, with lots of rain. My rain gauge banked 4.25 inches between dusk and dawn. The field at Nissan Stadium will likely be soggy for this one. No artifical turf woes this day! The rain will likely have ended well before kickoff, and temps will hover around 60 degrees F under a cloudy sky. A gray day, but good football weather!

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard for my usual play by play, and I’ll hope to pull my Tigers through this contest. I may plug into the thread very late instead of doing my usual pre-game scouting. I need a nap this morning, having pulled 112 work hours in the past 10 days.

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