When Indiana hosts Purdue at noon on Saturday, quite a bit will be on the line.
Both teams enter with 5-6 records on the season, so the winner will make itself bowl eligible. The loser will fall to 5-7, falling short of the 6-win mark.
And, of course, it’s rivalry week. Both schools are in the state of Indiana, so of course the Hoosiers and Boilermakers want their respective bragging rights.
Ahead of the game, though, honorary captains join teams out onto the field. Indiana will have two honorary captains against Purdue, and one of them will be cheering exclusively for the Boilermakers.
That person is Tyler Trent:
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) November 22, 2018
Trent, who went to Purdue, is a Boilermakers fan and his story has become a well-known one in the world of college football this season. Trent’s story of battling cancer is an inspirational one, and he was present during Purdue’s massive upset over then-ranked No. 2 Ohio State.
Now, Trent will be at Purdue-Indiana courtesy of the Hoosiers. Again, though, he’ll likely still be pulling for his Boilermakers. The act by Indiana is a classy one, when it’s all said and done.
The other honorary captain for the Hoosiers — Matt Stauder — is a football manager who has overcome Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Indiana-Purdue will be televised on ESPN2.