2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Western Michigan -vs.- Purdue

Written December 26th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

There is nothing more prestigious than being invited to play and watching the Pizza Pizza Bowl on the day after the day after Christmas. Every single year, we struggle with letting go of Pepperoni Perfection. Especially when it involves some MACtion and a barely eligible bowl team that left a sour taste in Ohio State fans just over a month ago (They are Pumped in Indiana!). Gone is my prediction and hopes that Brady Hoke would meet “Ohio” at Ford Field in his initial season of cleaning up scUM. Wait, the Bobcats don’t need quotations. THEY ARE OHIO. Silly me…. I hate blonde Hoke moments.  Anyways, there is still a lot to look forward to from a team that loves their coach and another that is proud to holster the MAC’s greatest PAT kicker of all-time.

Nothing Like Slapping "Pizza Bowl" on a Corporate Logo

Seriously. We have a decent football game ahead of us on Tuesday.

The Basics: Tuesday, 4:30 PM ET on ESPN, from Detroit (Ford Field).  Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3 MAC) and Purdue (6-6, 4-4 B1G).

The History: As much as I mocked this bowl in the opener, the last two games at Ford Field have been really exciting. Just a year ago, FIU hit the big time with their last second field goal win over Toledo. Mario Cristobal, who is the favorite to take over at Pitt, got his Panthers to consecutive bowl games despite losing to 2009 Little Caesars Pizza bowl selection Marshall last week. The battle for the Bell was yet another Pizza Pizza bowl that was entertaining early. Despite holding Marshall scoreless in the second half, Ohio couldn’t put enough together to beat their former MAC rival. It was also in 2009 that history was set by Sarah Thomas, who became the first female to officiate a bowl game.
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Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) vs. Florida International (6-6, 6-2 Sun Belt)
December 26, 2010 8:30 PM ET ESPN

History: The bowl game now known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (that’s “Little Caesars Pizza” Bowl, not “Little Caesars” Pizza Bowl) will be played for the 14th time on Sunday and will feature a pairing of the Toledo Rockets against the Florida International Golden Panthers.  The game, formerly known as the Motor City Bowl until the name changed in 2009, is played in Detroit, Michigan and may or may not have prompted reactions from players such as “I’m playing where?!” upon the players learning their bowl destination.  Yes, while most other teams head to warm-sounding places like “Glendale” or “Tampa” or “Honolulu,” two lucky teams get to go to Deeee-trooooyt to freeze their asses off.  At least the game is played inside!  And there’s no doubt that while it may be it will be frigid outside, things will be hot n’ ready inside.  Hey!

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