IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 12: Marcus Coker #34 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is tackled against the Michigan State Spartans at Kinnick Stadium November 12, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State beat Iowa 37-21. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)
Purdue hosts Iowa in a matchup of two bitter rivals. Iowa looks to snare its first road victory as Purdue seeks its sixth win and bowl eligibility.
Iowa was just throttled by Michigan State, the Hawkeyes first loss at home, after upsetting Michigan just a week earlier. That's kind of how the season has gone for Iowa. The Hawkeyes lost to Iowa State and Minnesota, puzzling considering they've beaten Michigan, Pittsburgh and Northwestern. Iowa remains winless on the road heading into this weekend's matchup, as well.
The Boilermakers have been a disappointing team, but last week, everything came together in an overtime victory against Ohio State. Purdue has played a grueling schedule this year — four of their five losses came against Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame — but the Boilermakers have been prone to slip-ups: their first loss was against Rice.
Regardless, Purdue has the momentum and the home field advantage against a team that has yet to win a road game. A win for the Boilermakers means bowl-eligibility, as well, adding extra motivation for Saturday's matchup. For Iowa, a win means better positioning and bragging rights over their biggest Big 10 rival.
Game date, time: 12 pm ET, Saturday, Nov. 19
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
TV channel: Big 10 Network
Spread: Iowa favored by 3
Series history: Purdue leads, 45-33-3
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