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Friday, November 26, 2010

Indiana at Purdue: Battle For The Old Oaken Bucket

The Indiana Hoosiers will travel to West Lafayette to face the Purdue Boilermakers for the right to hoist the Old Oaken Bucket. Both teams go into this battle 4-7 and ineligible for any type of bowl action; but to be honest, I think this stipulation makes it a better game. Whether it is the students of the schools or the players on the teams, there is a certain hatred within these two teams that cannot be expressed unless you watch one of the battles for yourself. These two teams could not be more similar; both are 3-3 at home and have each recorded only one road win this season. The trend I like in this game has to be the over because of a few different reasons: Over is 8-3 in Indiana’s last 11 road games and Purdue’s over is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite of less than a field goal.

Historically, this battle for the Oaken Bucket has been extremely entertaining, but for Indiana, the Hoosiers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 trips to Purdue and have had serious trouble notching wins in the Big 10 in the last two years with only two wins. Purdue has outscored Indiana by 69 total points in their last two meetings and Indiana has only won the Oaken Bucket twice in their last 10 meetings, but this season Purdue is not the usual offensive marvel that put up 62 points against Indiana two years ago. Purdue has only beaten Minnesota and a good Northwestern team this year for two Big 10 wins and was a few seconds away from grasping a huge upset at the hands of Michigan State. Both teams have lost 5 games in a row and something must give when the Indiana Hoosiers travel to Purdue on Saturday for a chance to “steal” the bucket away from the Boilermakers.

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