Little Caesars Bowl Picks: Western Michigan vs. Purdue 12/27/11

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Ford Field in Motown will be the site of what has become a very interesting bowl game throughout the years. The Little Caesars Bowl odds will be contested between the Big Ten’s Purdue Boilermakers and the MAC’s Western Michigan Broncos.

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Little Caesars Bowl Matchup: Western Michigan Broncos vs. Purdue Boilermakers
Little Caesars Bowl Date/Time: Tuesday, December 27th, 4:30 ET
Little Caesars Bowl Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Bowl Odds: Purdue -2.5
Little Caesars Bowl Total: 60
Little Caesars Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

This is a game that the boys from the MAC always get up for regardless of what team is in this game. Just getting the chance to take down a team from the Big Ten, a team that is local to you, no less, on national television is just a rush like these kids from the smaller conferences never truly get. For many, this is their last game, and they get to play in on an NFL field in front of a tremendous audience. Normally speaking, the Big Ten team isn’t all that thrilled to be here, but this year we get the rare exception that Purdue, a team that just barely squeaked into the bowl season, is going to be thrilled to be in Detroit.

Of course, the players in the Purdue secondary are probably going to wish that they never met WR Jordan White. White had 128 receptions this year, and he led the nation in receiving with 1,646 yards. QB Alex Carder does everything that he can to put the ball in his top receiver’s hands, and when he gets going, White can be a beast that is virtually impossible to stop. He and Carder are the catalysts for a passing game that ranks No. 8 in the nation at 328.8 yards per game. Don’t kid yourself about how good this offense really is. The Broncos scored 68 on the Akron Zips in their last game of the year (without Carder in the lineup, mind you!), and two weeks prior to that, they scored 63 in a losing effort against the Toledo Rockets.

Purdue typically has a relatively good pass defense, but the passing games in the Big Ten just aren’t what they are in the MAC. When the Boilers ran up against a receiver of this magnitude in WR Michael Floyd, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish absolutely torched them, and Floyd had a dozen receptions for 137 yards and a TD. That just can’t happen again, especially since the Purdue offense really isn’t all that proficient.

Dogs, dogs, dogs. We love ’em in the bowl season, and this is no exception. Purdue only won one game away from home this year, and that came against an Indiana Hoosiers side that we just don’t trust. Western Michigan will be flying all over the field, and we tend to think that this game has the potential to not just be an upset, but to be a relatively ugly upset at that. If Purdue is going to win this game, it is going to have to score 40 points. If it doesn’t intend on doing that, Carder and the gang are going to get out of Motown with a huge victory for a program that still has a chip on its shoulder after being left out of the bowl season last year with a 6-6 record.

Free Little Caesars Bowl Pick: Western Michigan +2.5

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