The Buckeyes stand atop the Big Ten with 16 points in conference play, three ahead of second place Penn State, heading into the weekend. The 12-2-2 record, 5-1-1 in Big Ten play, marks the best start in school history just ahead of the 2003 and 2004 teams which started out 10-3-3 after their first 16 games.
Purdue comes to Columbus with a 9-3-3 record, 3-1-2 in Big Ten play. Dropping just one of their last six matches, the Boilermakers sit fourth in the Big Ten standings heading into the weekend.
After hosting Purdue Sunday, the Buckeyes have a week off before wrapping up their home slate on Senior Day Nov. 1 against Indiana at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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