Purdue is in desperation mode.
The Boilermakers entered the season with experience on offense and star power on defense in defensive tackle Kawann Short and cornerback Ricardo Allen. They were expected to take advantage of a weakened Big Ten Leaders Division with both Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA violations.
Purdue (3-5, 0-4) has lost its first four conference games, including three by double digits. Purdue must win three of its final four games to become bowl eligible. The Boilermakers can turn it around, starting Saturday at home against surprising Penn State (5-3, 3-1).
Penn State, with nothing to play for, has played inspired football for coach Bill O'Brien. The Nittany Lions won five straight before losing to Ohio State last week.
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