n TV — ABC, with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit. Lisa Salters works the sidelines.

n RADIO — Ohio State Radio Network (WFUN, AM-970) with Paul Keels, Jim Lachey and Marty Bannister. Sirius Satellite radio (122).

n ODDS — OSU is a 7-point favorite.

n THE SERIES — Ohio State leads the series, 35-12-2, and is 11-6 at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue won the last time the two teams played in 2004. The Boilermakers have won two of the last five.

n THEY’RE FROM PURDUE — Alliance native and Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson graduated in 1955. Actor George Peppard of the “A-Team.” Neil Armstrong is one of 22 astronauts who are graduates.

n THE COACHES — Jim Tressel is looking for his 203rd all-time win and his 68th at Ohio State. He is 40-10 against the Big Ten. Joe Tiller’s program is known for turning out NFL-ready quarterbacks. He’s taken Purdue to nine bowl games in 10 years, won the Big Ten in 2000 and averages seven wins a season. Tiller is 119-79-1 in his 17 seasons. Prior to taking over the Boilermakers, the Ohio native was the head coach at Wyoming. A Purdue win tonight will give it the first 6-0 start since 1943.

n HOW IT WILL GO — Purdue has a prolific offense, but the Boilermakers have an uncanny ability to trounce unranked opponents and struggle against the big boys. Tiller is 50-16 at home but just 7-10 against ranked opponents there. Many people will be interested to see how OSU CB Malcolm Jenkins fares against WR Dorient Bryant. It won’t matter if Ohio State’s defense can’t pressure QB Curtis Painter. He’s only been sacked three times this season. The offensive line is an experienced group. Purdue isn’t all passing recently. RB Kory Sheets makes this perhaps the most balanced offense Tiller has had. Purdue’s defense is suspect. The Boilers gave up 426 yards and 19 points to Notre Dame’s awful offense. Look for QB Todd Boeckman to have a big game as Purdue will load the box to try to keep RB Beanie Wells in check. Teams are going to catch on to WR Brian Robiskie’s big-play ability. Someone else has to emerge among the other receivers.

n PORTER’S PICK — Bryant should scare Ohio State. He is a Ted Ginn Jr.-type of returner and capable taking a kick at any time. If Ohio State plays well on special teams, the Buckeyes should have no problem winning a shootout. Ohio State 36, Purdue 24

— Todd Porter

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