INDIANAPOLIS — BREAKING BAD: The Boilermakers hope to avoid another dubious distinction in this already bad season — just by scoring this week. After getting shut out by Michigan State and Ohio State, the first time that’s happened in back-to-back games since 1953, the Boilers hope to avoid a third straight shutout for the first time in more than seven decades. The last time it happened: A four-game span at the end of the 1941 season.
BOWLING 300: A win Saturday would give Ferentz one more milestone at Iowa — the school’s 300th win in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes head into Saturday’s game with a 299-362-25 all-time mark against league foes.
CODE RED: As if six straight losses, the worst home loss in school history and tying Purdue’s record for most lopsided loss anywhere (56 points) weren’t enough, here are two more mind-blowing stats. Miami (Ohio) and Florida International are the only FBS schools scoring fewer points than Purdue (11.5). Worse yet, the Boilers haven’t even been inside an opponents’ red zone since Sept. 28. Now that’s tough.
NO RUSH: Iowa’s defense has come big against rushing teams, holding eight opponents below their season average.
It may be hard for the Hawkeyes to do that this week with Purdue averaging only 70.0 yards per game on the ground. By the way, Iowa has only allowed four rushing scores — tied for the third-lowest total in FBS.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: The Boilers are taking a few moments to thank America’s military forces Saturday. But the significance of the day will have greater significance for Hazell, who coached two seasons at Army under Bob Sutton, now the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator. Hazell said his father, Daniel, fought in the Korean War, and his brother, cousins and uncles all served in the military, too.