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College Football Countdown: No. 58 Purdue

The Orlando Sentinel has ranked all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 120 to our projected No. 1 team. We will not be including the four teams the NCAA lists as still reclassifying to the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

Today at No. 58: Purdue

Analysis compiled by Matt Murschel.

Coach: Danny Hope (16-21, fourth season)

2011 record: 7-6 (4-4 in Big Ten, third in Leaders Division)

Look back: If you’re a Purdue fan, it’s been a frustrating couple of seasons. Injuries, especially those to the quarterback position, have dampened the Boilermakers hopes. Rob Henry, who had won the starting job for 2011, tore his ACL. With backup Robert Marve still recovering from an ACL tear, Caleb TerBush was thrust into the spotlight as the starter. TerBush led the team to a 6-6 record and a spot in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where Purdue defeated Western Michigan to claim its first bowl victory since 2007.

Offensive starters lost/returning: 5/9

Defensive starters lost/returning: 4/9

Key losses: WR Justin Siller, S Albert Evans, DE Gerald Gooden, LB Joe Holland, K Carson Wiggs

Top returnees: QB Caleb TerBush, RB Ralph Bolden, WR Antavian Edison, LB Will Lucas, CB Ricardo Allen

Strengths: For the first time in quite some time, Purdue comes into the fall with healthy starting quarterbacks. TerBush was the starters in 2011, throwing for 1,905 yards and 13 touchdowns and will battle with Rob Henry and Robert Marve for the starting job. … Running back Ralph Bolden suffered an ACL tear in the regular season finale last season and his status has been up in the air. Look for Akeem Shavers to get most of the rushing duties if Bolden isn’t 100 percent going into fall camp. … The receiver position has plenty of depth with Antavian Edison (44/584/3) and O.J. Ross (33/356/3) back in the mix. … The secondary is thick with experience and depth led by corners Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson.

Weaknesses: The defense went through some serious changes in the offseason with the hiring of Tim Tibesar as the new defensive coordinator. Tibesar has the luxury of having nine returning starters of defense led by All-American Kawann Short. The departure of linebacker Joe Holland leaves the middle of the defense with some holes to fill during fall camp.

Outlook: Barring another catastrophic injury, Purdue goes into the 2012 season loaded with depth and talent. The Boilermakers could be primed for one of their best seasons – especially under Danny Hope – who continues to rebuild the success of the program after some down years. The schedule is favorable with home games against Big Ten powers Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.

2012 Schedule
Sept. 1 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 8 at Notre Dame
Sept. 15 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 29 Marshall
Oct. 6 Michigan
Oct. 13 Wisconsin
Oct. 20 at Ohio State
Oct. 27 at Minnesota
Nov. 3 Penn State
Nov. 10 at Iowa
Nov. 17 at Illinois
Nov. 24 Indiana

Rest of the countdown:

No. 59 Arkansas State

No. 60 Vanderbilt

No.61 Connecticut

No. 62 Arizona State

No. 63 Wyoming

No. 64 Northern Illinois

No. 65 Utah State

No. 66 Louisiana-Lafayette

No. 67 Marshall

No. 68 Western Michigan

No. 69 Louisiana Tech

No. 70 Kentucky

No. 71 Air Force

No. 72 Western Kentucky

No. 73 UCLA

No. 74 Toledo

No. 75 FIU

No. 76 San Jose State

No. 77 North Texas

No. 78 Iowa State

No. 79 Nevada

No. 80 Eastern Michigan

No. 81 Hawai’i

No. 82 East Carolina

No. 83 Texas Tech

No. 84 Washington State

No. 85 San Diego State

No. 86 Ball State

No. 87 Navy

No. 88 Tennessee

No. 89 Kent State

No. 90 Louisiana-Monroe

No. 91 Bowling Green

No. 92 Syracuse

No. 93 Minnesota

No. 94 Boston College

No. 95 Kansas

No. 96 Oregon State

No. 97 Rice

No. 98 Ole Miss

No. 99 Colorado

No. 100 New Mexico State

No. 101 Duke

No. 102 Idaho

No. 103 Army

No. 104 Maryland

No. 105 Colorado State

No. 106 Miami (Ohio)

No. 107 UTEP

No. 108 Troy

No. 109 Fresno State

No. 110 Central Michigan

No. 111 Indiana

No. 112 Memphis

No. 113 Middle Tennessee

No. 114 UAB

No. 115 Buffalo

No. 116 Tulane

No. 117: FAU

No. 118: UNLV

No. 119: Akron

No. 120: New Mexico

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