Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers: Early College Football Betting Preview

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers betting odds and early preview

We’ve got a little over two months to get through before college football betting takes off. But with the World Cup taking off this Thursday, online sportsbook players should have plenty to keep their mind off of things. However, with a good portion of NCAA bettors choosing not to tune in for the World Cup, there’s a good number of people who need something else to take their min off of things. To help them out, we’re taking an early look at some of the early matchups from the 2018 college football season. Today we break down the Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers matchup. What kind of turnout are the 2 team teaser odds predicting?

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers – Thursday, August 30th      

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana


Stream: Watch ESPN

College Football Betting Odds:

Northwestern -3½ (-110) +130
Purdue -3 (-105) -150
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Northwestern Wildcats      

Northwestern turned in a 10-3 record to finish 2nd in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Wildcats earned that ranking by posting a 10-3 record in conference play. The NCAA decided that the Wildcats performed well enough to earn an invite to the Music City Bowl. There Northwestern would face Kentucky in a 24-23 winning effort. Ultimately it was a great finish to a terrific season. However, there’s no question the team will be looking to build on that success this year.

Players to Watch: Clayton Thorson [Junior] (2,809 passing yards, 15 TD, 12 INT), Jeremy Larkin [Freshman] (391 rushing yards, 5 TD, 5.2 avg), and Bennett Skowronek [Sophomore] (619 receiving yards, 5 TD, 42 REC).

Purdue Boilermakers 

The Boilermakers finished the 2017 season with a decent 7-6 record. Notwithstanding that winning record, Purdue posted a lackluster 4-5 record in Big Ten play. Subsequently, they finished 4th in the West Division, which isn’t all that terrible. Nevertheless, the program will be vying for better results in 2018. This year’s program will mark the second under Jeff Brohm’s guidance. We’ll have to see how he fares.

Players to Watch: Elijah Sindelar [Sophomore] (1,703 passing yards, 14 TD, 6 INT), Markell Jones [Junior] (480 rushing yards, 1 TD, 5.2 avg), and Jackson Anthrop [Freshman] (5 TD, 391 receiving yards, 44 REC).   

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers Betting Predictions


  • Northwestern went 3-2 SU on the road through 5 away games last season
  • Northwestern went 4-1 ATS on the road through 5 away games last season
  • The TOTAL went OVER in 4 of Northwestern’s 5 road games last season
  • Purdue went 5-3 SU at home through 8 home game last season
  • Purdue went 6-2 ATS at home through 8 home games last season
  • The TOTAL went UNDER in 9 of Purdue’s 13 games last season
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers Betting Picks

So which side should online sportsbook bettors favor in Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers contest? All in all it’s probably best to stick with the Wildcats here. They’re coming off a better season and should have more pieces in place from the get go. Sign up today to make your early college football betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 14-10 Purdue.