Motor City Bowl A Game Only Mothers (and Gamblers) Could Love
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The sluggish, out-of-control beast that is college football’s bowl season continues to slog through our evening entertainment, providing games only a true gambler could care to see. Six bowls have already been played, with the results forever ingrained in the players’ and their parents’ memories, and quickly vanished from the consciousness of the rest of the nation.
Wednesday comes the next proud matching of NCAA powerhouses, the Motor City Bowl, featuring the Purdue Boilermakers battling the Central Michigan Chippewas. At least the game has refrained from the popular style of adding a cumbersome cooperate name as a prefix to its title
This game is sponsored by Chrysler, but the game’s organizers and Chrysler’s representatives agreed to let the Motor City title stand alone, with the simple footnote that the car manufacturer was presenting it.
A necessity to place Purdue, which finished 3-5 in the underachieving Big 10 Conference, in a bowl game cannot be found. Purdue did demonstrate an exciting offense, using the spread set against the stone age philosophies of its conference rivals. Still, to see this team playing in the postseason is to truly measure the dilution of quality of play to receive bowl invites.
Central Michigan, winners of the Mid-American Conference, might claim that their title, won with their distinct version of the spread, validates a bowl appearance; yet, the teams already met in September, when Purdue won, 45-22. Certainly, an aerial explosion is imminent, and scoring should be early and often.
After opening as a 9 1/2 point favorite, Purdue has dropped to an 8 point choice to win. The total has dropped slightly from opening at 73 to a current 71. The only people likely to watch are gamblers playing the only game of the night. Casino Gambling Web sports analyst Marty Michaels sees the game as all offense, likely to go over.
While Michaels wants to pull for the Chippewas, based on the Native-American connection with the casino industry, he sees Purdue as being able to sustain more drives than Central Michigan. The resulting game will be a model of what happens when mediocre teams get bowl invitations.…