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Purdue’s Hope trying to block out rumors

Hope or change?

That appears to be the decision for Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke, and evidence seems to be pointing to the latter. The Boilermakers have lost five straight games, four of them in blowout fashion, to drop head …

Purdue, Ohio State trying to fix leaky defenses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Neither Ohio State’s Urban Meyer nor Purdue’s Danny Hope can trust their defenses these days. As a result, no one has any idea what’s going to happen when the teams meet on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Meyer, proponent of the high-scoring, devil-may-care spread offense, is not happy when his team is forced to outscore an opponent. ”Oh, we can’t have that. That’s not going to happen,” he said. ”Do we want to win 48-47? We want to win, but no, Ohio State is going to be a defensive school. Absolutely.” These days, about the only thing the Buckeyes and Boilermakers are defensive about is the way they’re playing defense. The Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) have escaped with wins over Nebraska and Indiana the past two weeks while surrendering 43.5 points and 458 yards a game. Over that same span, the Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) have been dinged for an average of 41 points and 527 yards in losses to Michigan and Wisconsin, both at home. ”The last two weeks we have not played very well defensively, and…

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