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College preview: Wisconsin at Purdue

When: Noon today

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500/grass), West Lafayette

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

Records: Purdue 3-2, 0-1 Big Ten; Wisconsin 4-2, 1-1

Line: Purdue by 2 1/2

Series: Wisconsin leads 42-29-8

On the Web: For a video preview, go to the “Boiling Point” blog at www.journalgazette.net.

Purdue

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 36.6 (31st in NCAA)

Yards per game: 413.4 (56th)

Passing yards per game: 241 (54th)

Rushing yards per game: 172.4 (56th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 25.4 (59th)

Yards per game: 365.4 (48th)

Passing yards per game: 219.4 (52nd)

Rushing yards per game: 146 (58th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Caleb TerBush, QB, 641 passing yards, 8 TDs, 5 INTs; RB Akeem Shavers, 274 rushing yards, 3 TDs; WR O.J. Ross, 35 catches, 282 receiving yards, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: DT Kawann Short, DT, 17 tackles, 4 sacks, 8 tackles for loss; LB Will Lucas, 29 tackles; CB Ricardo Allen, 17 tackles, 1 INT

Keys to victory: All eyes have been on the quarterback position, but Purdue needs to improve on last week’s rushing numbers. The Boilermakers gained just 56 rushing yards against Michigan.

Injuries: RB Ralph Bolden (knee), DT Bruce Gaston (hamstring) probable

Wisconsin

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 24 (88th)

Yards per game: 328.8 (105th)

Passing yards per game: 195.3 (99th)

Rushing yards per game: 133.5 (90th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 19.2 (28th)

Yards per game: 338 (28th)

Passing yards per game: 223.3 (58th)

Rushing yards per game: 114.7 (25th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Joel Stave, 693 passing yards, 4 TDs; RB Montee Ball, 569 rushing yards, 8 TDs; WR Jar Abbrederis, 27 catches, 5 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Mike Taylor, 67 tackles; LB Chris Borland, 53 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries; DB Devin Smith, 29 tackles

Key to victory: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson rushed for 235 yards against Purdue. Ball needs to have a big day to get the Badgers’ offense going.

Injuries: OL Kyle Costigan (knee) probable

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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