Purdue's Tough Non-Conference Slate Instrumental in Going Under 4.0

Ross Benjamin

Friday, July 24, 2015 6:18 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 24, 2015 6:18 PM UTC

Will Purdue's Boilermakers be able to exceed their 2015 futures total of 4.0 wins? There's only one way to find out, and it's by reading this betting preview that includes a college football pick.

2015 Purdue Boilermakers Preview
The Purdue Boilermakers faithful haven’t had a lot to cheer about in recent seasons. After all, their team has gone a dismal 10-27 overall in the last three seasons. That record includes a 1-15 mark during Big Ten action during the previous two years. This will be a pivotal year for Darrell Hazell who has gone 4-20 in his first two years as head coach at Purdue. The fan base would like to start seeing some positive results, and Hazell for all intents and purposes, currently resides on the proverbial hot seat.


2015 Future Regular Season Win Total for Purdue
We’ll call upon one of our more reliable and trustworthy sportsbook affiliates at BetOnline.com for 2015 college football future regular season win totals. Currently they have Purdue posted at over or under 4.0 regular season wins. A wager on going over 4.0 comes at a money line price of +100, and under the total of 4.0 is listed at -130.

The non-conference portion of Purdue’s schedule is anything but a cakewalk. They’ll play FBS teams Marshall (road), Virginia Tech (home), and Bowling Green University (home). Marshall is coming off a terrific 12-1 campaign, and is once again expected to be one of the better teams in the land coming from a non-power conference. Virginia Tech isn’t considered the national powerhouse they once were, but will be an extremely tough test for a struggling football program such as Purdue. BGU is one of the favorites in the MAC, and will possess a dynamic offensive attack. The one breather comes in Game 2 at home versus Indiana State (FCS).

Purdue catches a break with Ohio State not being part of their 2015 slate. However, they still have road games at Michigan State and Wisconsin in which they’ll assuredly be sizable underdogs. They’ll also play at Indiana and Northwestern. My projection is that they’ll be extremely fortunate to win any road game this season, and that includes their season opener at Marshall.

The conference home agenda includes Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, and Indiana. Realistically they have a decent opportunity to go 2-2 in those contests. The Illinois and Indiana games are surely ones in which they’ll have an excellent opportunity to win. They’ll be home underdogs against both Minnesota and Nebraska with the chances of a victory not impossible but highly improbable.


Final Analysis
Purdue returns eight starters on offense in addition to seven on defense. The 15 returning starters is the highest number for any team in the Big Ten. Although it helps to have that kind of experience, the talent level still isn’t at the point of being competitive in a power conference. I’m looking at a wagering under 4.0 wins as one of my college football futures picks.

College Football Pick: Purdue under 4.0 wins (+100) at BetOnline

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