The Chippewas have one of the most underrated players in the nation in sophomore QB
On defense, Central Michigan was not as proficient. The Chippewas were shredded by several teams, including Purdue on Sept. 15. The Boilermakers were one of five teams to score at least 44 points, and Central Michgian ranked 107th in the nation in scoring defense. The defense did rise to the occasion in the biggest game of the season, however, as All-MAC linebacker
Like Central Michigan, Purdue's offense carried the torch, though the disparity between the units is not as great. Junior quarterback
Defensively, Purdue was average. Senior linebacker
Purdue jumped out to a 38-0 lead in the first meeting between before winning 45-22, and Central Michigan has not shown enough since then to give the impression results will be different the second time around. The Chippewas (like Purdue) beat just one team with a winning record this season and lost by an average of 41 points against their three BCS conference opponents. Central Michigan has a 23-game losing streak against BCS foes dating back to a 1992 win over Michigan State. Purdue will extend it to 24.