Day 5 of the Long March: Motor City Bowl open chat
by Bob Timmermann
What do you open the day after Christmas? The doors to Ford Field in Detroit for the Motor City Bowl!
It's a matchup of the Purdue Boilermakers (7-5) and the Central Michigan Chippewas (8-5). Central Michigan was the champion of the Mid-American Conference, while Purdue happened to be one of the 10 teams in the Big Ten+1 with a winning record. While this game may not seem attractive, it will likely draw a big crowd. There were over 54,000 at the game last year.
Central Michigan played in this bowl last year against Middle Tennessee State in a game that had just one hashmark used right in the middle of the field to make everyone happy. Central Michigan is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a city that is guilty of false advertising with both parts of its name.
Purdue beat CMU earlier in the season, 45-22. But that was back when Purdue was considered good. The Boilermakers lost five of their last seven. Central Michigan gives up lots of points. The Chippewas gave up 52 to Kansas, 70 to Clemson, and 48 to Eastern Michigan.
Central Michigan has played in just three bowls and its only win was last year. The other losses were to San Jose State in the 1990 California Bowl and to UNLV in the 1994 Las Vegas Bowl.
Purdue is 7-7 alltime in bowls and have lost six of their last seven bowl games. Purdue is 3-0 alltime against Central Michigan.