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Boiling Point


A first look: Indiana

Again, Purdue will play Indiana to close the regular season.

And, again, there won't be anything of significance on the line.

The Boilermakers and Hoosiers both lost last week and won't have a chance to become bowl eligible.

Indiana's season has been a disaster with its inability to finish games, much the same scenario Purdue has faced this season.

The Hoosiers led at Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State this season before collapsing down the stretch.

Perhaps getting its rival at home will snap that trend.

For Indiana to take back the Bucket, it must get some production from quarterback Ben Chappell, a good buddy of Purdue starter Joey Elliott.

Chappell completed 32 of 51 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State, and North Side grad Damarlo Belcher caught nine balls for 95 yards.

It'll be interesting to see how the Hoosiers handle Purdue's offense, which has performed better than anyone could have hoped. It should be a challenge for Indiana, which hasn't been good defending the pass and likely will be without cornerback Ray Fisher again.