Kickoff for the 2018 Purdue football season is just hours away, and there are several promising looks for this talented squad.
Head coach Jeff Brohm and the Boilermakers open against Northwestern on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
The team has many returning players on offense and defense. Starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar had an impressive sophomore season in which he threw for over 2,000 yards, 18 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. In 2017 Sindelar proved himself as a reliable starter, establishing himself as a key cog in a Boilermakers offense that relies on the deep ball.
Purdue finished with a 7-6 record in 2017. This landed them in the Foster Farms Bowl to play Arizona. With a 38-35 victory as the outcome, Purdue went into the offseason with momentum, and was able to cement a solid recruiting class highlighted by 4-star receiver Rondale Moore. With talent to spare, Moore could become the face of the Purdue WR group for years to come.
Last season proved to be an improvement for Purdue. Although the 7-6 record was not desirable, the bowl win was. The direction is trending upward, but the team needs to stay consistent. There are tough Big Ten matchups this year — the Boilermakers play Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State, all of which are ranked in the preseason top 25. If Purdue can pull off an upset or two, the rest of the teams look beatable. Predicting upsets are always bold, but the team has been able to compete against powerhouse programs as of late.
All eyes will be on Jeff Brohm and how he manages the team this season. With continued improvement and another bowl win in January, Purdue football could get back to the good days of winning.