Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Motor City Bowl

Welcome to America's Most Dangerous City! Enjoy the game!

Teams: Purdue & Central Michigan
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Purdue(338), Central Michigan(154)
Related Cereal: Wheaties(You’ll need to enhance your strength to cope with the cold, and general stabiness of the area).

Breakdown: Purdue heads into the Detroit with the #77 ranked rushing offense(136yds/gm, 19TD's), and the #17 ranked passing offense(287yds/gm, 27TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #35 in the nation. On defense, the Boilermakers’ defense is ranked #55 against the run(149yds/gm, 19TD's), and #72 against the pass(235yds/gm, 15TD's). Their total defense is ranked #60, and surrenders an average of 385yds/gm and has allowed 35 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Central Michigan, comes into the game with the #34 ranked rush attack(182yds/gm, 34TD's), and the #32 ranked passing offense(265yds/gm, 24TD's). Their total offense is ranked #22. Central Michigan's defense is ranked #72 against the rush(165yds/gm, 28TD's), and #111 against the pass(284yds/gm, 31TD's). Their total defense is ranked #106, and allows an average of 450yds/gm and has given up 62 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: Purdue-Central Michigan(The Boilermakers won the first contest, 45-22). Central Michigan-Ball St.

Common Opponents: None.

Prediction: Central Michigan’s offense has put up better numbers in the passing department, but both teams are pretty even in the running game. However, Purdue has a stronger defensive unit, and they should be able to slow Dan LeFevour a bit. Central Michigan’s defense is vulnerable, especially against the pass. Curtis Painter should have a good day throwing the ball for Purdue, and they should pull out the victory, 42-28.

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