severe weather

Bengals make LaFell signing official

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 2:48 PM

            BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Wide receiver Brandon LaFell #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball past cornerback Tavon Young #36 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Wide receiver Brandon LaFell #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball past cornerback Tavon Young #36 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday officially announced the signing of wide receiver Brandon LaFell to a two-year contract.

LaFell was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent with the start of the league new year at 4 p.m. Thursday, but the new deal assures the Bengals of returning their six leading receivers from last year.

“I’m happy to be back in Cincinnati,” LaFell told Sirius/XM radio. “I have a good chemistry with the guys in the locker room, and Andy (Dalton) is a great quarterback.”

In his first season in Cincinnati, LaFell caught 64 passes for 862 yards and a team-high six touchdowns.

Ohio State-Illinois football score: Live updates, stats (November 18, 2017)

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Ohio State and Illinois football meet in a Big Ten matchup on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Find the score, live updates and analysis below.

Ohio State-Illinois football score, live updates

Ohio State 45, Illinois 7 (Q3, 0:00): In a shocking turn of events, it’s not looking any better for Illinois.

Ohio State 45, Illinois 7 (Q3, 7:58): Well this is wild. Clearly upset with how the backup offense was playing, Urban Meyer put the starters back in for a series. It worked, too. J.T. Barrett hit Marcus Baugh for a touchdown pass to get the lead back to 38 points.

Ohio State 38, Illinois 0 (Q2, 0:00): The most important news of the first half: We made it to halftime without a lightning delay.

Ohio State 38, Illinois 0 (Q2, 6:12): Illinois still hasn’t made a first down.

Ohio State 28, Illinois 0 (Q1, 0:00): I think there’s a serious case to be made for Illinois going for it on every fourth down. Punting clearly hasn’t worked for them so far. Ohio States scores almost immediately no matter where on the field the drive begins. Illinois might as well just take a chance at keeping its offense on the field.

Ohio State 21, Illinois 0 (Q1, 5:00): Mike Weber has looked noticeably faster the last two weeks than the rest of his career. It’s impossible to overstate what that could mean for the Buckeyes going forward.

Ohio State 14, Illinois 0 (Q1, 7:59): The Buckeyes continue to march up and down the field against Illinois. Even against such a woeful team, though, this has been pretty impressive so far.

Ohio State 7, Illinois 0 (Q1, 11:42): Well, it’s not looking good for the visitors here. The Buckeyes did pretty much whatever they wanted on their first drive, moving the ball with ease. Expect plenty more of that going forward.

Ohio State-Illinois pregame updates

3:31 p.m.: J.T. Barrett gets a huge ovation as the last senior, and we’re ready to go here in Columbus.

3:27 p.m.: The i has been dotted here at Ohio Stadium, and it’s time for Senior Day festivities.

Ohio State-Illinois picks, odds

The line: Ohio State -41, per MyBookie

Over/under: 53.5 points

Ohio State-Illinois football preview, picks

Though this is the only rivalry trophy Ohio State plays for, there’s more at stake this week than just keeping possession of the noble Illibuck Trophy. On paper at least, the Illini are a Big Ten doormat (0-7 in conference play) and can’t compete with Ohio State. Therefore, the Buckeyes probably won’t change minds on either side of the playoff debate no matter what the score ends up being. But the game still has long-term implications, so here are three keys for this matchup:

1. Showing up

Normally a section with this title would be dedicated to explaining why Ohio State needs to come focused and ready to play instead of sleepwalking against an overmatched opponent. This week, we’re going with a more literal approach. The Buckeyes are favored by more than 40 points, an outrageous number by any measurement. It’s the largest spread in a Big Ten game in decades.

Upsets have been known to happen, but here is the truth for the game Saturday: Ohio State will win if enough players are present to prevent a forfeit. That’s just the reality of the situation. Illinois lost to Rutgers and Indiana by double-digit margins. It scored 6 points against Nebraska, which has the nation’s No. 105 scoring defense. Ohio State beat that 6-point total on each of its first eight drives against the Cornhuskers. As long as nothing happens that would physically prevent the Buckeyes from participating in the game, the outcome will be a win for the home team.

2. The weather

The forecast for Saturday is … not good. Ohio State got lucky with the weather against Penn State and Iowa, with morning rain ending in time for kickoff in both of those games. That does not appear to be the case for the Illinois game, with an overwhelming chance of rain pretty much the entire day. Urban Meyer said on his call-in show Thursday that the Buckeyes were hoping the rain would either clear up or slow down by the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff, but it looks like that won’t happen.

What does that mean for the Buckeyes? It doesn’t look like there will be thunderstorms, so the game should proceed in the rain without delay. A rainy day could make for a big workload for Ohio State’s running backs. That’s obviously not bad news for a team that runs the ball well and has dynamic talents in J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. Where the rain could provide the biggest impact is in the margin of victory. Nasty conditions could close the talent gap and prevent the Buckeyes from routing Illinois as thoroughly as the point spread might suggest they should.

3. The eye test

Ohio State’s players and coaches have said they’re not thinking about the College Football Playoff, instead focusing solely on Illinois. In its own way, though, taking a pitiful team this seriously is an acknowledgement of the stakes as the season winds down. The Buckeyes have only a few chances left to impress the College Football Playoff committee. It’s obviously not ideal that one of those games comes against Illinois — and in what figures to be consistent rain. But the Buckeyes can make the most of it by showing up ready to play and executing in poor conditions. The talent gap is there, and Ohio State will still have a chance to look impressive despite the poor weather.

Michigan State-Maryland football score: Live updates, stats (November 18, 2017)

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

No. 17 Michigan State and Maryland football meet on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.

Michigan State hopes to avenge a 28-17 loss on the road to Maryland in 2016, its first defeat to the Terrapins since 1950. We’ll have updates, stats and highlights throughout this Big Ten East battle.

Michigan State-Maryland live updates, score

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q3, 8:49): Maryland inserted Lansing, Michigan, native Ryan Brand, a walk-on, at quarterback in place of Max Bortenschlager. Not much changed, and the Terps punted.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q3, 13:15): Michigan State continued to find success on the ground, but a couple poor throws from Brian Lewerke resulted in yet another punt.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q2, 0:00): After a couple timeouts prolonged the cold fans’ misery, the game finally reached halftime with no more points put on the board.

Michigan State had 190 yards on the ground in the first half compared to 8 through the air. Brian Lewerke completed just 1 of 10 passes, partially because of his receivers’ inability reel them in.

LJ Scott finished the half with 112 yards and a score on 21 carries. Lewerke added 59 and a touchdown.

Michigan State held Maryland to 68 total yards in the half. The Terrapins had four three-and-outs.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q2, 1:50): The punt-fest continued, and Maryland started its drive at its own 19-yard line.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q2, 5:02): Michigan State’s run game continued to do its job, but the Spartans couldn’t get anything going through the air. Brian Lewerke was 1-for-7 to this point, largely because of drops from his receivers.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q2, 8:30): Michigan State allowed Maryland some room to run out of its hole at the 1-yard line, but then Kenny Willekes went to work. A sack of Max Bortenschlager gave him 6 sacks on the year and 6 tackles on the game.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q2, 12:02): Max Sortenschlager fumbled while trying to throw, giving Michigan State great field position after Brandon Randle recovered. But the Spartans gave it right back. Gerald Holmes ran with aggression, only to see the ball forced out just outside the goal line.

Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Q2, 14:52): Brian Lewerke broke free once again on the first play of the second quarter, keeping it on the zone read for a 25-yard touchdown. That moved his total to 59 yards on the ground versus 8 through the air.

The rain turned into snow and continued to come down harder.

Michigan State 7, Maryland 0 (Q1, 0:00): Michigan finished the quarter driving into Maryland territory. LJ Scott kept finding space up the middle, ending the period with 74 yards. Brian Lewerke ran for 12 yards and the Spartans added another 15 on a questionable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting.

Michigan State 7, Maryland 0 (Q1, 4:44): Maryland managed to flip field position, though. Michigan State had to punt after a three-and-out on which Trishton Jackson dropped what would have been a long first-down grab. Jake Hartbarger kicked his worst punt of the season, which went 31 yards mostly on the ground.

Michigan State 7, Maryland 0 (Q1, 5:08): Maryland got a little bit of a drive going behind a Lorenzo Harrison 10-yard run. But Michigan State clamped down and forced another punt with some tough run defense.

Michigan State 7, Maryland 0 (Q1, 7:48): The Spartans forced a Maryland punt after four plays to open the game. A Felton Davis near-catch was ruled incomplete in the end zone on Michigan State’s first drive, but a pass interference call gave the Spartans a first down at the 2-yard line. LJ Scott immediately followed that up by running it in. His 36 yards on the offense’s first drive passed his total for the whole game against Ohio State.

Michigan State 0, Maryland 0 (Q1, 14:54): We’re underway here in East Lansing on a rainy Saturday. Josh Butler, who missed the Ohio State game for his father’s funeral, was in on kick coverage to start things off.

Michigan State-Maryland pregame updates

Michigan State’s seniors took their final walk across campus to Spartan Stadium, and they did so with umbrellas in hand and parents on their arms.

Cornerback Josh Butler returned to Michigan State’s dress list after missing the Ohio State game while at his father’s funeral. Defensive linemen Robert Bowers and Mufi Hill-Hunt were not dressed for the game.

Those who were dressed came out with green helmets, green jerseys and white pants.

Michigan State-Maryland football preview, picks

Michigan State (7-3, 5-2 Big Ten) still holds a sliver of hope for a Big Ten East title, but it would need a lot of help. The Spartans have shifted their goal to winning 10 games on the season.

A Spartans victory would end 4-6 Maryland’s hopes of bowl eligibility, a tough blow for an injury-ravaged team. It would also give Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio his first win over Maryland’s D.J. Durkin.

Michigan State is a 16-point favorite on  MyBookie. The over-under is 43 points. Here are three keys to a Spartans win:

1. Stack the box.

Maryland has had some of the worst possible luck at quarterback. Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome both suffered ACL tears, so the Terps had to turn to Max Bortenschlager. Then he got injured two weeks ago and is questionable to play on Saturday.

Enter Ryan Brand. The walk-on started against Michigan last week and completed 16 of 35 passes for a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Bravo to Brand for stepping in, but it’s clear quarterback is not Maryland’s strong point. The Terps rank 12th in the Big Ten with 164 yards through the air per game.

Instead, the Spartans need to focus more on Maryland’s dynamic running backs, Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison III. They have combined for 1,282 yards on the season. Johnson carried 9 times for 115 yards against Michigan State a season ago. If the Spartans’ front seven can get the job done and force Maryland to go to the air, they should be in good shape.

2. Run the ball.

This is not the Michigan State team we’ve seen in years past that opens up its passing game with the legs of an elite running back. Although LJ Scott is an NFL talent, he has posted only one game of more than 100 yards rushing (compared to five under 50). So, running the ball has been a nagging concern for the Spartans.

What better time to get it going? Maryland ranks 12th in the conference in run defense, allowing 173.3 yards on the ground per game. The Spartans won’t even play the two teams below the Terps (Illinois and Nebraska) this season, so this looks like their best opportunity to get the running game going.

Perhaps Scott will look as spry (194 yards rushing) as he did against Minnesota, or Gerald Holmes will go out with a bang on Senior Day. But too often this season, the majority of Michigan State’s rushing yards have come from the scrambling of quarterback Brian Lewerke.

3. Don’t turn it over.

Forget the 48-3 loss at Ohio State a week ago. Michigan State should win this game. Maryland has been decimated by injuries and has to be drained coming down the stretch. If the Spartans lose, it will most likely be due to them beating themselves.

Fumbles have come and gone throughout the year. Scott has proven himself susceptible to getting stripped, and Lewerke has lost the ball several times while trying to make a play. One of the worst things Michigan State can do is give Maryland the ball in dangerous field position. If that happens, the Terps’ confidence will grow.

A lot of this comes down to offensive line play as well. Lewerke had very little time in the pocket before Ohio State converged last week, leading to many mistakes on his part. If he stays well-protected, he’ll make better decisions. It’s pretty simple.

Penn State-Nebraska football: Live updates, score, TV channel, live stream (November 18, 2017)

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

penn state-nebraska-football-score-live updates-time-tv channel-live stream

Penn State and Nebraska meet on Saturday, Nov. 11. Follow here for live updates of the game.

Penn State, ranked No. 10 in College Football Playoff rankings following a 35-6 victory over Rutgers, is 8-2 overall and 5-2 vs. Big Ten opponents. Nebraska is 4-6 with a 3-4 record against conference foes.

Penn State-Nebraska football score, live updates

Penn State 42, Nebraska 10 (halftime) – The Nittany Lions scored the final 35 points of the first half to create a seemingly insurmountable lead. Trace McSorley connected with receiver DeAndre Thompkins for a 9-yard touchdown toss to cap off second-quarter scoring. McSorley has 297 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Saquon Barkley also has 3 total touchdowns, while collecting 208 offensive yards.

Penn State 35, Nebraska 10 (Q2, 4:36) – The route is on in Happy Valley. Penn State has now scored 35 unanswered points, as Saquon Barkley plows through an attempted tackle for a 9-yard touchdown run. It’s Barkley’s third score of the game, and he’s 175 yards on 15 touches.

Penn State 28, Nebraska 10 (Q2, 9:23) – Nittany Lions tight end Mike Gesicki sets a program record for the position with his 12th career touchdown reception. Gesicki snags a 9-yard touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to extend the Penn State lead. Gesicki already carries the Penn State record for career receptions by a tight end.

Penn State 21, Nebraska 10 (Q2, 11:53) – The Nittany Lions have now scored 14 unanswered points to build an 11-point lead over Nebraska. Penn State needed 3 minutes, 22 seconds to drive 85 yards on 8 plays. The Nittany Lions went to work at the 9-yard line with Trace McSorley, Tommy Stevens and Saquon Barkley in the backfield. McSorley, who rushed left with an option to pitch to Stevens, tucked the ball and scored.

Penn State 14, Nebraska 10 (Q1, 2:40) – Saquon Barkley strikes again, scoring his second touchdown on a 1-yard run. It occurred two plays after a 10-yard run that finished with an acrobatic flip over a defender into the end zone. Officials initially ruled that play a touchdown but overturned the call. Barkley now has 38 career rushing touchdowns, which ties the all-time program record.

Nebraska 10, Penn State 7 (Q1, 6:17) – Another Penn State special teams mistake sets up Nebraska with starting field position in Nittany Lions territory. The Cornhuskers cash in on a shanked punt, needing only three plays to drive 36 yards and score a go-ahed touchdown. Running back Devine Ozigbo plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out.

Penn State 7, Nebraska 3 (Q1, 9:18) – Penn State turned the ball over on a punt-return attempt, setting up Nebraska with a short field. The Cornhuskers reached the red zone but sputtered and settled for a 27-yard field goal from Drew Brown. Both teams are on the board early here in Beaver Stadium.

Penn State 7, Nebraska 0 (Q1, 14:03) – If this is the final home game for Saquon Barkley in Beaver Stadium, he just began it in style. Barkley takes his first handoff 65 yards for a score, providing Penn State with an early advantage over the Cornhuskers. He now has 18 total touchdowns this season.

Pregame: The Nittany Lions continue to deal with a limited defensive rotation, while Barkley will not return kicks today.

Pregame: Penn State is hosting several recruits on campus today, including notable 2018 class targets Jayson Oweh (defensive end; New Jersey) and Solomon Enis (receiver; Arizona).

Penn State-Nebraska football TV channel

Penn State and Nebraska play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 18. The game is on FOX Sports 1.

  • Time: 4 p.m.,ET
  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
  • TV channel: FOX Sports 1
  • Online: FOX Sports Go
  • Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.

Penn State-Nebraska football live stream

You can stream the game at FOX Sports Go.

Penn State-Nebraska football preview, picks

Penn State aims to complete its second straight unbeaten home schedule Saturday when struggling Nebraska comes to town. The Nittany Lions will celebrate Senior Day before the matchup, which is also expected to be the final game in Beaver Stadium for star running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley’s Heisman Trophy hunt has taken a hit recently, as he’s failed to reach 65 rushing yards in each of the past three games. Penn State has struggled to create space along the offensive front, leading coach James Franklin to call for more physicality.

Of course, Barkley is a threat beyond the backfield. He has 40 receptions for 524 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding two scores on kickoff returns.

Constant defensive attention on Barkley has created opportunities for other Nittany Lions players, most notably quarterback Trace McSorley. The junior has 30 total touchdowns through 10 games, and he’s now accounted for more touchdowns (61) than any player in program history.

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki has already set a team record for receptions at the position, and tied the career tight end touchdowns record (11) last week during a 35-6 win over Rutgers. Fellow senior DaeSean Hamilton is the school’s all-time leader in career receptions (200), and is enjoying a strong season (39 receptions for 646 yards and 7 touchdowns).

The Nittany Lions will be without starting linebacker Manny Bowen. He was suspended for the game vs. Rutgers because of a violation of team rules, and Franklin said Tuesday he will again be kept out against Nebraska.

Penn State seniors such as safety Marcus Allen (58 tackles, 1 interception), linebacker Jason Cabinda (75 tackles, 2 sacks) and cornerback Grant Haley (30 tackles, 2 interceptions) aim to deliver a dominant performance in their final home game. Sophomore defensive end Shareef Miller (4 sacks, 9 tackles for loss) will be counted on to provide pressure off the edge.

Nebraska is preparing for the potential of using a first-time starter at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien will lead the offense if Tanner Lee is unable to emerge from concussion protocol cleared. O’Brien was sacked 6 times last week during a defeat at Minnesota after taking over for Lee.

The Cornhuskers have dropped four of five games, including a 54-21 road los to the Gophers. Nebraska has never lost to Penn State since joining the Big Ten but will have a tough time extending that streak Saturday.

There is widespread speculation about the future of coach Mike Riley in Lincoln, as Nebraska replaced its athletic director this season. Reports indicate the university is interested in pursuing former Cornhuskers quarterback Scott Frost, who currently coaches unbeaten Central Florida.

Freshman receiver JD Spielman has been a bright spot for Nebraska this season. He leads the team with 49 catches for 734 yards. Linebacker Chris Weber leads the Nebraska defense with 74 tackles, including 7 for loss.

Tyler Donohue’s prediction: Penn State 45, Nebraska 14

The Cornhuskers are lacking confidence and may be without their starting quarterback. The Nittany Lions are finally putting a pair of painful losses in the rear-view mirror and feature one of college football’s finest behind center.


The post Penn State-Nebraska football: Live updates, score, TV channel, live stream (November 18, 2017) appeared first on Land of 10.

Iowa-Purdue: Live updates, score, analysis for Week 12 game (November 18, 2017)

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

iowa-purdue-live updates-score-week 12

Iowa wraps up the home portion of its Big Ten season against Purdue at 3:40 p.m. ET/2:40 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Kinnick Stadium. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

The Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) are jostling for bowl positioning, while Purdue (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) needs a victory to keep alive its bowl hopes. Iowa has won four games in a row against the Boilermakers, with each win coming by at least 14 points. Last year, the Hawkeyes won 49-35 at West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue leads the all-time series 46-38-3.

It’s senior day for the Hawkeyes, who wave goodbye to 18 seniors.

Some mobile users click here

Iowa-Purdue live updates, score

13:48 (4Q) — Finally with the wind behind it, Iowa takes over at its 17. The opportunities are dwindling for the Hawkeyes.

11:59 (3Q) — After Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette dropped a sure first-down pass, the Hawkeyes were forced to punt into the wind. Colten Rastetter’s 20-yard kick put Purdue at the 50. On the first play, quarterback Elijah Sindelar hit Anthony Mahoungou on a 35-yard pass on new cornerback Michael Ojemudia. Two plays later on cornerback Matt Hankins, Anthony Mahoungou hauled in another touchdown pass. Purdue leads 21-9.

14:03 (3Q) — Purdue took the ball and Iowa chose to kick into the wind to start the second half. The Hawkeyes’ strategy backfired horrifically. Purdue targeted cornerback Manny Rugamba, who gave up three big passes to wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou. The first went for 11 yards. On the second play, Rugamba was hit for pass interference. Then Mahoungou caught a 14-yard slant on Rugamba and got deep for a 42-yard touchdown. After the extra point, Purdue leads 14-9.

6:07 (2Q) — The Iowa offense found its mojo after the safety. Five straight runs to the right. A big fourth down throw into a tight window from Stanley and it’s capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Akrum Wadley. Hawkeyes lead 9-7.

10:44 (2Q) — The Hawkeyes are on the board. A safety by defensive tackle Nathan Bazata makes it a 7-2 lead for Purdue.

4:56 (1Q) — The Hawkeyes get a 16-yard reception from tight end T.J. Hockenson, but nothing else. Quarterback Nate Stanley was drilled on a third down blitz. He’ll feel that hit tomorrow morning. Iowa punts and Purdue has the ball at midfield. This isn’t a worse case scenario kind of start for the Hawkeyes, but it’s not that far off.

8:01 (1Q) — The roughing the punter penalty comes back to haunt the Hawkeyes. Purdue caps off a 16-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver. D.J. Knox. The Boilermakers lead 7-0.

11:32 (1Q) — A sack by A.J. Epenesa forced a Purdue punt, but a roughing the kicker penalty extends the drive.

14:05 (1Q) — The first series for Iowa is three-and-out. A dropped pass, followed by a 4-yard run and an incomplete pass.

Iowa-Purdue pregame updates

2:38 pm — Iowa won the toss and will receive the football.

2:33 pm — The biggest senior day ovations were for Josey Jewell, Matt VandeBerg and Akrum Wadley. No real surprise there. Those were the three stars of this class.

2:21 pm — The senior day festivities are beginning. Iowa will honor the seniors playing their final game in Kinnick Stadium before the game today.

2:06 pm — Iowa is concluding pregame warmpus. It doesn’t look like there are any major updates. Safety Amani Hooker isn’t likely to play, but that was expected.

1:46 pm — On the pregame radio show, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said three bowls are really showing interest in the Hawkeyes. They are the Holiday, Pinstripe and Music City bowls.

1:30 pm (CT) — This could be an interesting day from a weather standpoint. It is currently 42 degrees with 19 miles per hour. The temperature is expected to stay in the low 40s or high 30s and the wind isn’t expected to die down. It will be interesting to see if it impacts the kicking game.

Iowa-Purdue game time, information

Iowa and Purdue play at 3:40 p.m. ET/2:40 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 18. 

  • Time: 3:40 p.m. ET/2:40 p.m. CT kickoff 
  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Weather: 40 degrees, partly cloudy with northwest winds of 25 m.p.h.
  • The line: Iowa -8.5

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Purdue?

BTN televises the 88th meeting between the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers. Kevin Kugler calls play-by-play, Matt Millen provides analysis and Lisa Byington patrols the sidelines. 

How can I watch Iowa-Purdue online? and the BTN2GO app provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Purdue on the radio?

You can listen on Sirius 135/XM channel 196. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

For Purdue radio coverage, Tim Newton, Pete Quinn and Kelly Kitchel call the action. Purdue’s flagship station is 96.5 FM (WAZY-Lafayette). Click here for other Purdue affiliates.

The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.

Iowa-Purdue preview

Purdue has spent much of the last decade pulling up the rear in the Big Ten standings. The Boilermakers usually have a few talented pieces but often struggle to put together consistent efforts on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

This year, Purdue hired offensive guru Jeff Brohm as head coach. While the Boilermakers’ offense has improved, their defense has made incredible strides. Last year, Purdue gave up more than 38 points a game. This year, it’s around 19. It allowed 35 rushing touchdowns last year. This year only 9. The yards per carry allowed is down from 5.25 to 3.7. Purdue’s last three opponents have failed to crack 100 rushing yards.

It’s quite a turnaround.

“To me the real story is their defensive improvement because they haven’t been good enough on defense to win consistently and they’re playing really at a high level right now,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “But [the] most important stat is points given up, and they’re not giving up a lot, so they’re doing really well there. Their rush defense is much, much better, much improved. And I think the biggest thing is their whole team is multiple. You look at them offensively, defensively and special teams wise, you have to prepare for a lot of things. They’re very diverse. You’re not sure what you’re going to get your week, but they’re very, very diverse that way.”

Statistically, Purdue actually has better defensive numbers than Iowa. The Boilermakers give up just 139.4 rushing yards per game, compared to 157.3 for Iowa. The teams are nearly identical in total defense and scoring defense.

But Purdue has struggled offensively while losing four of its last five games. Only twice have the Boilermakers scored more than 13 points. Quarterback David Blough suffered a season-ending injury, while has forced Elijah Sindelar into the spotlight.

Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson leads the nation in interceptions (7) and passes defended (23). Linebacker Josey Jewell leads the Big Ten with 104 tackles. Quarterback Nate Stanley struggled last week against Wisconsin, but has passed for 1,970 yards, 22 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions this year. Running back Akrum Wadley has 784 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.

The post Iowa-Purdue: Live updates, score, analysis for Week 12 game (November 18, 2017) appeared first on Land of 10.