In fact, the University of Purdue, which is in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference, finished in last place in 2013. And then, under Head Coach Darrell Hazell, the Boilermakers finished last for a second consecutive year in 2014. It was the first time since 1993 that the University of Purdue finished last in consecutive years.
In 2014, the Boilermakers won just one Conference game while losing seven. Overall, this team won three games out of the twelve games it played.
Coach Hazell was looking for some improvement in the current 2015 Season. The team’s fans and the school’s Athletic Director were literally demanding that the squad win some contests. The Boilermakers actually got off to a poor start on the road on September 6th. On that day, the University of Purdue lost to the Thundering Herd of Marshall University by a score of 41-31.
If that loss gave the players and Coach Hazell some concerns about confidence they were probably deeply reassured that all was well by what happened in Week Two.
On September 12th, the Boilermakers remained at home and hosted Indiana State University. The visitors were beaten by the home team by a score of 38-14. Then, in Week Three, on September 19th, the University of Purdue hosted Virginia Tech University and lost by a score of 51-24.
It is clear that Coach Hazell still has lots of work to do before the Boilermakers show real improvement. He’ll get lots of chances in the squad’s remaining home games.
The Boilermakers will host Bowling Green University this Saturday, September 26th, the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota on October 10th, the Nebraska Cornhuskers on October 31st, the University of Illinois on November 7th and the Hoosiers of the University of Indiana on November 28th.
The team’s remaining road games feature contests against a number of highly-ranked teams. The Boilermakers will travel to 2nd ranked Michigan State University on October 3rd, 22nd ranked Wisconsin University on October 17th, 17th ranked Northwestern University on November 14th and the University of Iowa on November 21st for a game with the unranked Hawkeyes.
It is a tough schedule, to be sure, but these games, especially the road contests, will give Coach Hazell and his players a real measuring stick that will help them determine if improvement in the football program is simply “a pipe dream” or a real possibility.
Courtesy of Oskeim Sports