Purdue (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Iowa (6-0, 3-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Iowa by 11 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 7 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
Illinois coach Bret Bielema needed one word to answer whether he considered changing quarterbacks last weekend.
The most oft-repeated question in football has made a resounding resurgence around the Big Ten after another weekend filled with less than stellar quarterback play.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue needed backup quarterback Aidan O’Connell to deliver in a pinch Saturday.
He may have saved their bowl hopes.
After relieving Jack Plummer in the third quarter and throwing interceptions on his first two series, the fifth-year senior capped a 94-yard scoring march drive with a 14-yard scoring toss to T.J.
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm decided to pull Jack Plummer during last week's loss to No. 12 Notre Dame.
Illinois coach Bret Bielema took the opposite approach with Brandon Peters.
Now after a week of quarterback questions, the Boilermakers and Illini will renew their rivalry Saturday with Plummer and Peters again expected to be again in the starting lineup.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer threw four touchdown passes in the first half, three to wide receiver David Bell, as the Boilermakers rolled over winless UConn 49-0 Saturday afternoon at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm's biggest challenge in preparing his team for Saturday's game at UConn may be preventing the Boilermakers from becoming overconfident.
Brohm's team is coming off a season-opening win over Oregon State in which quarterback Jack Plummer threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm promised to make changes heading into this season. On Saturday, it paid dividends.
Now, he's hoping it keeps working.
Jack Plummer threw for 313 yards and two late touchdowns while the Boilermakers' revamped defense made sure it held up for a 30-21 victory over Oregon State to cap the 500th game played at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm revised his philosophy during the offseason.
He wanted the Boilermakers to play tougher, find more balance and become more aggressive on offense and defense. On Saturday night against Oregon State, starting quarterback Jack Plummer will help the Boilermakers unveil their new look in the season opener for both teams.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jack Plummer finished second in each of Purdue's last two summer quarterback competitions.
Aidan O'Connell is trying to earn his second straight opening day start. And this time, former UCLA backup Austin Burton intends to put his name in the mix, too.