Purdue (1-2) at No. 24 Wisconsin (2-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)
Line: Wisconsin by 24.
Series record: Wisconsin 43-29-8.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Badgers are trying to get over last week's stunning 32-30 loss at Arizona State after officials mishandled the closing seconds to deprive Wisconsin of a late field-goal try. Beating up on the Boilermakers in the conference opener would go a long way toward making them feel better. Purdue, in the middle of a tough stretch of three straight opponents that went to BCS bowls last season, will try to snap a seven-game losing skid to Wisconsin.
Wisconsin against ... themselves? Maybe. Coach Gary Andersen and his players handled the fallout this week from the Debacle in the Desert with class. They said there wouldn't be a hangover effect. They can prove it Saturday before a sea of Badger red in friendly Camp Randall Stadium.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Purdue: Fifth-year senior QB Rob Henry threw for a season-high 256 yards and his first three touchdown passes of the season in last week's 31-24 loss to Notre Dame. The Boilers have fizzled so far on the ground, and they'll probably need Henry to take on Wisconsin's young secondary.
Wisconsin: RB Melvin Gordon. So many good running backs at Wisconsin, only so many carries. The sophomore Gordon is a home-run threat on any snap. His cutback ability and explosiveness were on full display last week in dashing for a career-high 193 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries at Arizona State. James White and Corey Clement are also potent backfield options in Madison.
FACTS & FIGURES
Purdue finishes up its three-game stretch against BCS bowl teams by hosting Northern Illinois. ... The Boilermakers have not allowed a point in the first quarter this season, while Wisconsin has outscored opponents 24-3 in the first quarter. ... The game pits two new Big Ten coaches in Andersen and Purdue's Darell Hazell. ... Wisconsin has outscored Purdue by nearly 32 points in the schools' last four meetings, dating back to 2009. ... The Badgers secondary struggled in the second half last week, though Wisconsin remains just one of three FBS teams that has yet to allow a passing touchdown this season.