Little Caesars Bowl 2011: Key Matchups for Purdue vs. Western Michigan

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Little Caesars Bowl 2011: Key Matchups for Purdue vs. Western Michigan

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.

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