Lucas Oil Stadium has been a place where Purdue Boilermaker fans could’ve only dreamt of one day playing, but it appears that for the second time in a five-year span the Boilermakers will take their show on the road to Indy.
According to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Purdue and Louisville will open the 2017 season with a game at the home of the Big Ten title game.
UL, Purdue will open season Sept. 2, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium; only 2nd all-time meeting
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 6, 2015
This could be a very intriguing tilt between two programs close in proximity and yet foreign to each other. Additionally, both programs could be in interesting positions with the state of their programs.
Louisville’s Bobby Petrino would be in his fourth season in his second tenure at the helm of the Cardinals, while Darrell Hazell would have to do some miracle turning around of the Purdue program to make it to this matchup as the head coach.
However, Purdue should have at least a small advantage, as some of the team that will participate in this contest would’ve at least been around for the first time this team played in Lucas Oil Stadium. Purdue met Notre Dame on that very field during this past season, with Notre Dame pulling away late for a 30-14 victory.
There has been no official announcement from either side, but reports indicate this is a done deal and just a matter of when, not if, an official announcement is coming.