College Football: Big Ten NW vs. PUR
Northwestern Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Conf.) at Purdue Boilermakers (0-0, 0-0 Conf.)
August 30, 2018- 8:00 PM (TV ESPN) Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Big Ten college football action under the lights is sure to bring plenty of entertainment on Thursday as the Northwestern Wildcats will battle the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium in a conference clash that has the following betting lines from our best College Football Odds;
The current public NCAAF consensus is in favor of the Wildcats with a +120 moneyline.
Riding an eight-game winning streak to end 2017 concluding with a Music City Bowl victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, will Northwestern be able to sustain that momentum as they will be tested to begin the season with a trip into West Lafayette as a slight (+2.5) point underdog according to our books across the board?
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald has put Northwestern on the map as contenders since taking over the team with 10 wins in each of the last three seasons, but any thoughts of another double-digit win season may depend on the health of quarterback Clayton Thorson. Coming off a torn ACL and expected to be ready, Thorson has thrown for 37 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Thorson will be flanked by sophomore RB Jeremy Larkin as well as receivers Flynn Nagel and Bennett Skowronek, while the defense will be just as good as any in the country with plenty of talent making their return.
For Purdue, they are coming off a seven win season under head coach Jeff Brohm, but also have their own quarterback issues with Elijah Sindelar coming off a torn ACL and David Blough having sustained a broken ankle. If any one of those two QBs can rebound, they will have a trio of running backs behind them in Tario Fuller, DJ Knox and Markell Jones, who all make up what will be one of the most formidable attacks in the nation.
The Purdue defense returns many key players all making for what may be another successful year after capturing a 38-25 bowl victory over Arizona last year.
With both teams coming into the new season on winning streaks, we can expect an exciting contest as Purdue looks to snap the Northwestern dominance in recent years. For sports betting purposes for this NW vs. PUR matchup from our top-rated sportsbooks, GTBets is favoring Purdue (-2.5) points over the Wildcats with MyBookie delivering the Over/Under with 51.5 total game points scored.
Feeling too much depth on the Wildcats side of the ball, I will favor Northwestern PLUS the points (+2.5) over the Boilermakers to cover the spread as my best betting pick.