Orton will keep Purdue perfect

Originally Published: October 14, 2004
By Tony Granieri | Scouts, Inc.
This classic Big Ten showdown features the only two undefeated teams left in the conference, as No. 5 Purdue hosts the 12th-ranked Badgers of Wisconsin on homecoming weekend. The Boilermakers and Badgers have met 73 times with Wisconsin holding a 36-28-8 advantage in the all-time series

Who: Wisconsin (12) at Purdue (5)
When: Sat., 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
Heisman Trophy candidates Anthony Davis of Wisconsin and Kyle Orton of Purdue will headline the action. Davis has averaged 190.5 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns over the last two weeks, but he may have some trouble getting on track working against a Boilermaker run defense that is ranked sixth nationally.

Orton leads one of the best passing attacks in the country and has already thrown 18 touchdown passes. However, much like Davis, his abilities will be put to the test, as he will be working against a Wisconsin team that leads the nation in total defense and scoring defense.

In this clash of styles, the onus will fall on the two Heisman hopefuls to step up and give their team the edge.