Western Michigan vs Purdue 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Picks: Ford Field in Detroit will be the site for today’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (4:30 pm ET). The Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten will meet the Western Michigan Broncos of the Mid-American Conference. Western Michigan enters the bowl with a 7 – 5 record, winning three out of its last four games and owning a 38 – 31 win over Connecticut of the Big East Conference during the season. Purdue’s Boilermakers enter the bowl with a 6 – 6 record, winning two of its last three games including an impressive win over perennial national power, the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Odds makers at TopBet.com list the Boilermakers as slight 2 1/2-chalk College Football Odds favorites over the Broncos whose backers are getting +115 juice as money line underdogs. The price of a SU wager on Purdue is -135 with the combined score (over/under) total holding at 62.
The Broncos posted a 2-2 record against non-conference opponents this season. They are led by the nation’s leading receiver Jordan White, who leads the FBS in total receiving yards (1,646), receiving yards per game (137.17), total receptions (127) and receptions per game (10.58). Quarterback Alex Carder surpassed his yardage total from last season (3,434) and has been prolific with TD passes (29). Defensive tackle Drew Nowak was the 2011 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, ranking fifth in the FBS in tackles per loss per game (1.67) and fourth in total TFLs (20.0).
Likewise, the Boilermakers went 2-2 against non-conference foes this season. Purdue boasts the nation’s best kickoff return team (27.5 yard average) and one of the most dynamic freshmen in Raheem Mostert, who leads the Big Ten with a 31.0-yard average. The quarterback duo of Miami-transfer Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush has combined to complete 60 percent of their passes (2,361 yards, 15 touchdowns). Defensive tackle Kawann Short, Jr. tied for third in Big Ten and 13th nationally in tackles for loss (17) and tied for fourth in the conference in sacks (6.5). Kicker Carson Wiggs ranks second in the Big Ten in field goals (16-21) and has made his last nine.
WMU played a non-conference schedule that included Michigan in Ann Arbor, Illinois in Champagne, and a win at UConn. I expect an outstanding game, with Purdue having averaged more than 26 points and Western Michigan averaging over 35 points per game, including averaging 50 points in their last four games.
This game is an over waiting to happen. My Pick – OVER 62.
2011 Bowls Picks record to date – 4-3.
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