Football Bordeaux in Syracuse: 1 and 10

West Lafayette – As the week begins, 10 story events to track Purdue and Saturday’s game in Syracuse inside the JMA Wireless Dome:

▶ How much will receiver Broc Thompson play against Orange this season? Last year’s MVP played a few picks against Indiana State after it was billed as a game-time decision. He underwent an off-season surgery on both knees and is dealing with other issues. As Charlie Jones fishes left and right, boilermakers need more receivers to emerge.

▶ Speaking of Jones, will the Iowa transition lead the nation in receptions this season? His 21 touches and 10.5 averaged #1 over two games. You know Aidan O’Connell won’t stop throwing Jones. But at some point, opponents will double-cover Jones.

▶ How will the Boilermakers’ defense keep Sean Tucker in check? The back run ignited Louisville for 184 total yards and two touchdowns in the opening. He rushed for 112 yards in Saturday’s win at UConn. Last year, Tucker produced nine 100-yard dash games, including 207 against Boston College. Purdue can’t let Tucker run wild.

Purdue Boilermakers run to the field before the NCAA football game, Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.

▶ Without Galen Graham’s nickel, can the defense reduce the big plays from Syracuse? Graham, who picked up a leg injury against Penn State but ended the game, could loom for the next three games. Boilermakers will have to get contributions from other players and ramp up their game without Graham. The Orange team produced several big plays in their first two games, led by quarterback Garrett Schrader, who joined the program ahead of the 2021 season after moving from Mississippi State.