An Offensive Display In Detroit

By Adam Caparell - December 26, 2007


If you're someone who likes a lot of offense and not much defense, then Wednesday's Motor City Bowl is the perfect postseason game for you.

In the Detroit showcase, Purdue takes on Central Michigan for the second time this season. Back in September, the Boilermakers scorched the Chippewas, 45-22, and the prospects of another win certainly haven't diminished since then for Joe Tiller's squad.

Backed by their spread attack, Purdue averaged 32 points per game and will be facing statistically one of the worst defenses in the country in Central Michigan. Finishing the year as the 106th best defense in the country, Central let up 284 yards per game in the air. You can partly chalk that up to the plethora of injuries the secondary suffered, but Central Michigan should be a much healthier team for this one. .

The more pressing issue is the Chippewas' ability to keep Purdue in front of them, something they didn't do very well the first time around.

"We can't give up big plays on defense," Central Michigan coach Butch Jones said. "Obviously, they're an extremely explosive offense and we have to make them earn everything they get."

The Chippewas, on the other hand, averaged 33.8 points per game as they won the MAC for the second straight season and secured yet another berth in this bowl game. They have dual threat QB Dan LeFevour behind center who can run it and throw it with almost equal precision. He is, after all, the only quarterbacks in I-A history to throw for more than 3,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. Vince Young was the only other to pull off the feat, but it's probably going to take a Vince-like effort out of LeFevour for Central Michigan to send the Boilermakers home unhappy.

Unless, that is, the many freshmen and sophomores on the Central Michigan roster come of age at Ford Field.

The Line: -8 Purdue
O/U: 71

If I Were A Betting Man: Purdue and the over. There will be no shortage of offense in this one and no shortage of Purdue touchdowns. The Boilermakers pounced on the Chippewas early and often first time around. It'll be tough to duplicate, but Central Michigan can't afford any mistakes. They're probably going to have to play nearly flawless. As long as Curtis Painter is fairly accurate with the ball Purdue should have no problem.

Bowl Season: 0-6 ATS | 4-2 O/U

Posted by Adam Caparell at 01:51 PM on December 26, 2007
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