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Since his inaugural 7-6 campaign in 2017, head coach Jeff Brohm hasn’t had a winning campaign for the Boilermakers. In fact, each year has gotten progressively worse in the win column, as he continues to search for a winning formula.
Oddsmakers expect that search to continue in 2021, setting their season win total at a paltry five games. The road will be a tough one, as their recruiting class in 2021 was the worst in the Big Ten according to 24/7 Sports.
See all of the Boilermakers' odds above, as well as their full schedule, against-the-spread (ATS) performance, depth charts for all sides of the ball, key injuries and more.
Purdue Boilermakers Point Spreads
Purdue managed to be even worse against the spread than its overall record, cashing spread tickets only once in six games last season. Spread bets are bets on the winning margin of a game, and favored teams (minus odds) have to win by more than that amount to “cover” or win the bet. Underdogs (plus odds) just have to lose by less than the spread or win outright.
Take a look at an example:
- Illinois +9.5 (-110)
- Purdue -9.5 (-110)
If the Boilermakers win, 31-24, then they have failed to cover the 9.5-point spread, and bets on them lose. Purdue needs to win by 10 or more to win against the spread. When the spread is a whole number, winning by exactly that much leads to a “push,” meaning both sides of the bet get refunded.
Purdue Boilermakers Over/Unders
One way you could have made some money betting on the Boilermakers in 2020 was by betting the unders on their over/unders.
Over/unders, or totals, are bets on how many points will be scored in a game, and the under cashed two-thirds of the time in Purdue’s games.
If that same game against Illinois had a total set at 55.5, the 31-24 score means under bettors win by a nose. If it had been 31-25 instead, the total points (56) would be over the total. Notice that which team wins is left out of the equation: This is because it’s irrelevant — all that matters is the points!
Purdue Boilermakers Moneylines
Given their overall record last year, it might seem ill-advised to bet on Boilermakers moneylines in 2021. That’s because the moneyline is a simple way to bet on the outright winner of a game. However, underdog winners reward their bettors with larger payouts than bets on favorites.
For example, if Purdue is +145 to beat Iowa, a $100 bettor would profit $145 with a Purdue upset. On the other hand, if Purdue was a -145 favorite, betting $145 would be required to profit $100. Thinking in increments of $100 makes things easier, but the math is the same regardless of the numbers.
Purdue Boilermakers Props
Instead of betting on the entire team — especially given how bad of a bet that’s been in recent seasons for Purdue — you could make your Saturday afternoon a little more fun betting on player props of your favorite Boilermaker. Player props are bets on single players, and you can (usually) take the over or the under.
Some Purdue props you could find in 2021 are QB Jack Plummer's completions, RB Zander Horvath's yards, or WR Milton Wright to catch a touchdown. Many sportsbooks offer a ton of player props, so make sure to check out what's available.
Purdue Boilermakers Futures
Sportsbooks are currently giving Purdue about a 2% chance to win the Big Ten in the futures market for 2021, but that means a big payout if it somehow happens.
Futures are bets on a team’s (or player’s) entire season, and they settle up when the results are clear. As well as their odds to win the conference, you could bet on the Boilermakers to win the national title or various players to lead the nation in statistical categories.