Another rematch in a bowl game...Motor City Bowl preview

December 26th, 2007

After taking a couple of days for Christmas, the bowl season kicks into full throttle, beginning with tonight's Motor City Bowl between Purdue and Central Michigan. The two teams played in West Lafayette back in November, with the Boilermakers winning 45-22. The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense, and more of the same should be expected tonight. Both teams run the spread offense, and they also have porous defensive units (Purdue 60th in total defense, CMU 106th).

On the other side of the field is first-year head coach Butch Jones, who has already had his name thrown into the ring in regards to the head coaching vacancy at West Virginia. Given the fact that he coached under Rich Rodriguez at WVU, this does make some sense. And with two straight MAC titles to their credit, the CMU program looks to be in good shape regardless of who's in charge at this point.

The players to watch in this one are the quarterbacks: Curtis Painter (Purdue) and Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan). Painter has thrown for 3,300 yards and 26 touchdowns this season, but he's not as versatile as LeFevour. This season, the sophomore QB joined Vince Young as the only quarterbacks in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. The two teams come into this one heading in opposite directions: Purdue's lost their last three while CMU has won four of their last five. And in a game that will be closer than the first meeting (Purdue led 38-0 after the first quarter), I like the Chippewas to get the win.