Matchups between the Big Ten and the MAC are usually lopsided, but the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl between the Purdue Boilermakers and Western Michigan Broncos isn’t the typical Big Ten-MAC contest.
It should be a great matchup, as the teams are separated by just three spots in the Jeff Sagarin computer rankings.
Neither team has had a particularly impressive season, but that can be said for most teams that end up playing in Detroit in late December.
Even at 6-6, Purdue has to be happy with its progress this season. The Boilermakers doubled their conference win total from last season and ended the year with a solid victory over archrival Indiana.
At 7-5, Western Michigan was among the better teams in the MAC, but the Broncos were once again denied a shot at a conference title, getting thumped 51-22 in their game against eventual champion Northern Illinois.
All in all, both teams should be relatively happy with their results so far.
However, closing out the season with a bowl win would be huge for two programs trying to rise up the standings in their respective conferences.