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Countdown to kickoff: Notre Dame-Purdue

Irish need backup plans for Floyd, possibly Allen

Updated: September 25, 2009, 4:08 PM ET
By Eric Hansen

6. The big picture: The Purdue-Notre Dame series hasn't always garnered headlines, but as a harbinger of how most Irish football seasons will end up, it's almost scary in its accuracy.

Of the 63 meetings since World War II, 41 Irish squads have passed the Purdue test and gone on to win at an .824 clip for the season. The 22 ND teams that lost to Purdue averaged a modest winning percentage of .536.

The exception came in 2001, when an Irish team that finished 5-6 beat Purdue, ...

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