For the second time in as many years, Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers beat IU to become bowl eligible, and like last year at this time, it’s anyone’s guess as to where the Boilermakers will make their 19th bowl appearance.
Last year, Purdue topped Khalil Tate and Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl. Elijah Sindelar threw a 38-yd touchdown pass on third and 10 to Anthony Mahoungou with 1:44 remaining to give Purdue the lead. Arizona had one final chance but Jacob Theineman intercepted a pass to seal the victory.
Here’s a look at where four different media outlets foresee Purdue going bowling:
Jerry Palm suggests Purdue will play Virginia Tech. The Hokies were ranked after the first six weeks of the season but fell apart afterward. They just ended their four-game losing streak with a wild win against UVA and still have a game against Marshall Saturday. Virginia Tech needs to win to become bowl-eligible.
Jason Kirk at SB Nation believes Purdue’s opponent in the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl will be the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest lost their starting QB Sam Hartman in a loss to Syracuse and RS Freshman Jamie Newman has led the way since then. Wake is 6-6 and their best win of the season was at (then) 22nd-ranked NC State.
The Quick Lane Bowl is scheduled for December 26th at 5:15 pm ET on ESPN.
SI’s Eric Single and ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura have Purdue taking on ACC Coastal Division Champion Pitt, a team that just dropped out of the Top 25 following their 24-3 loss to Miami yesterday.
After starting the season 3-4 Pitt reeled off four wins in a row and finished the regular season 7-5. They play Clemson next Saturday in the ACC title game and have just a 4.1% chance to win, according to ESPN’s FPI Index.
Mitch Sherman, ESPN, believes Duke will be the team that lines up against Purdue in the Pinstripe Bowl. Duke started the season 4-0 but followed that up with a 3-5 ACC record. Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones has a chance to play on Sunday’s and would be an interesting matchup for the Purdue defense.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is December 27th at 5:15 pm ET on ESPN.
FWIW, I think Purdue will have an EXCELLENT chance to beat all three ACC opponents and may even be favored in the contests.
We will find out the official bowl destination for Purdue Football next Sunday after the CFP and New Year’s Six Bowls are selected.