Originally written on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Purdue (4-6, 1-5) at Illinois (2-8, 0-6) (Saturday, 3:30pm ET on BTN) Line: Purdue - 7 Last Meeting: 2011 (21-14 Purdue Win) 3 Players to Watch: 1) Terry Hawthorne (DB Illinois): It's Senior Day for the Illini and Hawthorne has been one of the brightest bright spots in an otherwise ugly season to say the least. He's got 3tfl's and 1 sack to go along with 6 pass break ups on the year. Against the spread attack of Purdue he needs to be the key cog in the backfield of the Illini defense or this team is going to go out losing every home Big Ten game of this season. 2) Akeem Shavers (RB Purdue): Illinois isn't exactly great at any aspect of the game, but they are especially terrible against the run and the Boilermakers leading rusher needs to get going early to open other parts of the game up for Purdue. He's more than capable, averaging 4.6 yards a carry and has 4 rushing TD's on the season. If he can't get going early this team could be in trouble. 3) Ryan Lankford (WR Illinois): Lankford has been a heck of a player for the Illini this season and perhaps the single best offensive star for the them by a long shot. He's got 35 receptions on the year along with 5TD's and averages 13.5 yards a reception. He needs to be a playmaker against a Purdue defensive unit that's 9th in the Big Ten against the pass. If he can get open Scheelhaase is more than capable of getting him the ball and that can also mean a chance for the running game to get going as well.  Final Analysis: I bet you didn't know these two schools play for a trophy, huh? Neither did I, but they play annually for the "Purdue Cannon" and this is Senior Day for the Illini so there's bound to be a lot of emotion. I highly doubt they want to go out winless in their final season in front of the Memorial Stadium crowd. There's no doubting they'll be motivated to win this game. However, they are going up against a Purdue team that has better talent around them at nearly every position on the field. If Purdue can avoid turning the ball over - they've got 21 of them on the year, it'll be Purdue winning for the first time at Illinois since 2006. Sorry to say to Illini fans and the seniors, your going out as losers in this one.  My Pick: Purdue 41, Illinois 20 Rest of Staff's Picks: Kevin: Purdue 30, Illinois 20  Will: Purdue 35, Illinois 20
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Report: Angels, Rangers talking Josh Hamilton trade

Roger Goodell calls both Los Angeles stadium plans 'viable'

Five-star hoops star Malik Newman commits to Miss State

Crabtree on joining Raiders: 'Ain't got nothing to lose'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Hardy gets in 'verbal altercation' with teammate

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

Report: Chris Sale wanted to fight Yordano Ventura

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Eagles VP Ed Marynowitz says he's not Chip Kelly's 'yes man'

Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia

WATCH: Todd Gurley shares video of himself sprinting

5 most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

Calipari’s new project: Create virtual reality experience for fans

Maurice Jones-Drew will retire with the Jaguars on Tuesday

Ovechkin jokes about taking a chair from Nassau Coliseum

Uniform colors have already been picked for Vegas NHL team

Golden State: Not losing to New Orleans, but still snoozing

Ventura, Royals need to simmer down before someone gets hurt

The Mets and their weak opponents

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
THE B1G TIME

Kris Humphries apologizes for Jenner tweet

5 boring NFL prime time matchups

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

The Ultimate All-Living MLB Team

Dubs wanted to gain momentum for Game 4 ... then won

Teams who need to ace the NFL Draft

10 bold predictions for the NFL Draft

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.