Purdue is motivated to finally beat Notre Dame because for the current team, they never have.
No member of the current Boilermakers roster has ever won over the Irish. Either has Coach Danny Hope who is 0-3.
"We know what a big game this is-- it's a huge game," Hope admits.
Notre Dame has won four straight games in the series. Purdue's last win came during ND's 3-9 season in 2007. In fact, that's the Boilers last win in the previous seven meetings over the Irish.
"Everybody is ready to beat Notre Dame," says Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short. "We haven't done it since I've been here and all the seniors are really trying to get this win before we leave. We're going out there and taking it up an extra notch and the young guys are jumping on board with us."
Purdue has not won at Notre Dame Stadium since 2004 and that's their only win over the Irish in South Bend since 1974.
"We feel good about how we matchup against them," Hope explains. "They're a great football program, a great football team but this is the best team we've had here at Purdue in 3 or 4 years from a talent standpoint so our odds to compete and win this year have increased and that's exciting to our football team."
Both teams are 1-0. Purdue is coming off a 48-6 home win over Eastern Kentucky while the Irish beat Navy 50-10 in Dublin.
Kickoff on Saturday is set for 3:30. You can watch the game LIVE on WNDU-TV with Countdown to Kickoff getting your coverage started at 2:30 here on Channel 16.