With so much firepower and talented skill players on the field today for Purdue and Indiana, it'll be interesting to see which defense can rise to the occasion and make a play.
The Boilermakers seem to have playmakers scattered throughout the defense. Here are a few guys who could deliver against the Hoosiers:
Cornerback Brandon King forced and recovered a key fumble to spark the victory at Michigan, and he's physical and active. He's been pretty good at sniffing out screen passes – and smothering them.
Fellow senior corner David Pender always gets his hands on balls, and you never know what happens when one is tipped into the air. That could lead to interceptions and game-changers.
Ryan Kerrigan has to be itching to deliver after going without a sack last week against Michigan State. He has a Big Ten-leading 11, and he could secure all-Big Ten first-team honors with another solid performance against Indiana. He's such a fun player to watch because of his high motor, and he never seems like he takes a play off. That's especially impressive considering the state of Purdue's defensive line, which is a bit thin and has forced Kerrigan to play the majority of the snaps. He's even moved inside to tackle on occasion to bring pass rush from the middle.
Jason Werner, who likely will apply for a sixth year of eligibility, has lived up to the hype. In his first full season as a starting linebacker, Werner not only flies to the ball, he also seems to read plays very well and doesn't miss tackles too often.