The Boilermakers entered the season with high hopes. Despite losing ace starting pitcher Brad Schreiber to injury, they remained confident in their ability to be a Big Ten title contender, and compete on the national stage.
Many teams in the past have talked about doing big things, only to fade into the night as the college baseball season progressed. But not the Boilermakers, as this team clearly is on a mission to do something special.
Purdue made a statement the first weekend of the season by going 3-0 and playing extremely well at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. It then played well in tournament action at East Carolina before heading to Auburn and beating the Tigers and Southern Mississippi.
Unlike some Big Ten teams, the Boilermakers have played a challenging road schedule, and obviously have won many of those contests.
They've been handsomely rewarded in the RPI through 17 games this spring. The Boilermakers have an RPI of 8 with the No. 35 strength of schedule. Furthermore, they're 6-3 vs. RPI Top 50 teams and an impressive 8-3 vs. RPI Top 100 teams.
Though Purdue has an impressive resume in the first of our many in-depth looks at how teams are stacking up in the RPI, plenty of other teams around the country also are off to an impressive start in this department.
There also are those teams, surprisingly enough, that have poor resumes and RPIs.
We take a very early look at how the teams stack up in the computers.
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