Thursday, January 10, 2008

Central Michigan-Purdue

the Motor City Bowl
Wednesday, December 26th, 7:30pm
Detroit, Michigan
Central Michigan
(7-5)_____Big 10____126.73
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
6@ Ball State70.73W, 58-388Iowa72.08W, 31-6
14Miami (Ohio)-62.84W, 35-103Central Michigan67.05W, 45-22
10@ Western Michigan-65.04W, 34-319Northwestern30.45W, 35-17
2Toledo-104.62W, 52-311@ Toledo-104.62W, 52-24
13@ Akron-140.28W, 35-325Notre Dame-135.92W, 33-19
7Army-176.10W, 47-234@ Minnesota-195.44W, 45-31
9@ Kent-226.51W, 41-322Eastern Illinois-W, 52-6
5Northern Illinois-277.36W, 35-106Ohio State403.68L, 7-23
1@ Kansas322.17L, 7-5210@ Penn State238.54L, 19-26
8@ Clemson293.25L, 14-707@ Michigan235.72L, 21-48
3@ Purdue126.73L, 22-4511Michigan State196.40L, 31-48
12Eastern Michigan-130.06L, 45-4812@ Indiana133.65L, 24-27
4North Dakota State-L, 14-44

Basically the same W-L record for these two, and their wins are similarly weak. But Central Michigan has taken some bad losses, losing to Eastern Michigan and getting beaten down by DI-AA North Dakota State. All the teams the Boilermakers lost to were at the top of the Big 10, so they beat and lost to the teams they should have.

Purdue has evened out in the last part of the season, while Central Michigan slowly worked their way back from a rough start.

Intangibles: Eh. (It's not the most glamorous matchup...)

The Line: Central Michigan +8

The Story: Back in September when these two played, the Boilermakers doubled up the Chippewas 45-22, so you can bet the latter are looking for some revenge. Both teams use the spread - which one can defend against it better?

The Call: Purdue by 10

The Result: Purdue 51-48 = That was just a whole lotta offense, jeez. Another exciting game though - a slew of close ones and we're not even 1/4 of the way through the bowls.

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