Western Kentucky and Central Michigan battle in the Little Caesars Bowl Wednesday December 26 at 7:30 on ESPN and although I hate pizza from Little Caesars the thought of ordering one is more enjoyable than watching this game. This is a game that tests your addiction for college football, but can it be worse than the Hawaii Bowl that took place this past Monday? The answer is yes.
You may be thinking that Haley is a basher of teams from the MAC or Sun Belt conference and I would merely point out that if you read my future post on Northern Illinois that I give them a better chance that elitist Kirk Herbstreet did on ESPN Gameday. I am not a fan of bad teams getting rewarded with bowl games and when you have a record of 7-6 and 4-4 in the Sun Belt or 6-6 with a 4-4 record in MAC you are hardly bowl worthy. Just look at my piece on Georgia Tech and how embarrassing the ACC looked having to file a bowl waiver to allow a participant in the championship game to go to a bowl.
Western Kentucky slides into to the bowl game losing four of its last six, but the players have extra motivation as they will be trying to impress new coach Bobby Petrino who takes over this spring. The Hilltoppers and Chippewas are very close when you look at their offenses scoring average each game and the area that separates the two teams is on the defense side of the ball. Western Kentucky gives up almost eight fewer points per game than Central Michigan. Western Kentucky beat Kentucky this season, but as bad as the Wildcats were the Hilltoppers best win may have been over Arkansas State where they held Guz Mahlzon’s high powered offense to only thirteen points. Auburn fans should remember this next year when Mahlzan is trying to outwit Nick Saban and Will Muschamp that the Hilltoppers had him all figured out.
Central Michigan attempts to move the ball through the air more than Western Kentucky and explosive plays in the passing game will be crucial because W. Kentucky is going to try and control the clock through a balanced attack focusing more on their ground game. Western Kentucky should control the line of scrimmage on their way to winning this ball game and we predict a Hilltopper victory of 35-24.
Unfortunately as bad as this preview may have been the actual Little Caesars bowl game may be worse.