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2021 Purdue Boilermakers Football Betting Predictions

June 21, 2021
by Joe Williams

2021 Purdue Boilermakers Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

Things looked good for Purdue last season on the gridiron. Head coach Jeff Brohm's bunch won the first two games against Iowa and at Illinois, and it looked like the Boilermakers might be a force to be reckoned with. A game at Wisconsin on Nov. 7 was wiped out due to COVID, and the Boilers would never be able to get back on track.

Purdue suffered four straight losses to finish the season, although each of the losses were by 10 or more points, including three one-score games. They attempted to play rival Indiana twice in the Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket in December, but COVID-19 issues wiped out the game. That was the first time these rivals didn't play on the field since 1919, when they missed two straight seasons together due to an influenza pandemic.

Purdue has some solid players at the skill positions, as RB Zander Horvath is a stud, and WR David Bell is also a top-notch players. Whomever emerges as the starter between QBs Aidan O'Connell or Jack Plummer will have a solid cadre of weapons at his disposal. True freshmen WRs Deion Burks and Preston Terrell also arrive in West Lafayette with some hype, and Brohm brings in WR Broc Thompson as a transfer to join WR Milton Wright on the outside. There are a lot of mouths to feed, and that's never a bad thing.

Speaking of bad, that aptly describes the defense. They allowed 29.8 PPG last season, and they were dead-last against the pass in 2020. Their third-down defense also left quite a bit to be desired. Several linebackers were recruited and brought in as transfers, too, trying to help new defensive coordinator Brad Lambert make strides.

Purdue has a rather challenging non-conference schedule, as they face Oregon State, Connecticut and Notre Dame. While that might not exactly be a murderer's row, they're not your typical MAC punching bad or FCS team like some other Big Ten clubs might schedule.

The Boilermakers miss Michigan and Penn State, so that's good news on the schedule front, but they do travel to Iowa and Ohio State for certain losses. It might take some doing, but this team has the ability to win six games and make it to a bowl game. But it might come down to the final game against Indiana if that happens or not. At worst, the season futures bet will be a push, as this team has way more talent than a three- or four-win team.

Preseason Best Bet: Over 5 Wins (-113)

2021 Purdue Boilermakers Schedule

  • 09/04/2021 - vs. Oregon State
  • 09/11/2021 - at UConn
  • 09/18/2021 - at Notre Dame
  • 09/25/2021 - vs. Illinois
  • 10/02/2021 - vs. Minnesota
  • 10/16/2021 - at Iowa
  • 10/23/2021 - vs. Wisconsin
  • 10/30/2021 - at Nebraska
  • 11/06/2021 - vs. Michigan State
  • 11/13/2021 - at Ohio State
  • 11/20/2021 - at Northwestern
  • 11/27/2021 - vs. Indiana

Win Total Odds

  • Over 5 -113
  • Under 5 -113


Purdue Odds to win 2021 Big 10 Championship

Yes +5000

The Boilermakers will simply be fighting for bowl eligibility, and aren't a league championship contender. Avoid spending money here, even though the big price tag is tempting.

Big Ten Conference Betting Odds

Purdue Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff

Yes +50000

Purdue won the national championship in 1931, at least according to college football historian Parke H. Davis. Many Boilermakers might argue 1943 was theirs, too, although Frank Leahy's Notre Dame was crowned that year. Since then, there have been the likes of Mike Phipps, Drew Brees and Mike Alstott making them relevant at times, but they haven't sniffed a New Year's Day bowl since those glory days. It isn't happening in 2021, either.

2020 Purdue Boilermakers Betting Results

  • 10/24/2020 - Iowa 20 at Purdue 24 (+3.5) - Under, 52
  • 10/31/2020 - Purdue 31 at Illinois 24 (+9.5) - Under, 55.5
  • 11/14/2020 - Northwestern 27 (-3.5) at Purdue 20 - Under, 48
  • 11/20/2020 - Purdue 31 at Minnesota 34 (+2.5) - Over, 61.5
  • 11/28/2020 - Rutgers 37 (+12.5) at Purdue 30 - Over, 61
  • 12/05/2020 - Nebraska 37 (+1) at Purdue 27 - Push, 64
  • SU: 2-4
  • ATS: 1-5
  • O/U: 2-3-1
  • ATS-Home: 1-3
  • ATS-Road: 0-2
  • ATS-Favorite: 0-4
  • ATS-Underdog: 1-1

Betting on the 2021 Purdue Boilermakers

Where can I bet on the 2021 Purdue Boilermakers football team?

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Legal Wagering in Indiana

In 2019 Indiana Online Sports Betting went live : the Hoosier State started taking legal sports betting wagers that included a betting market on college football teams. Along with wagering on Purdue, bettors can wager on the Indiana Hoosiers and Notre Dame which is located in South Bend, Indiana.

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What’s Purdue's point spreads for each of their games?

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