Purdue and Central Michigan worked hard all season, struggling at times but both finishing with records good enough to earn a much coveted late December trip to... Detroit. That's right, it's Motor City Bowl Day, and the whole nation is watching. Not only will this be a great festival for football, it will also handily fulfil the timeless bowl game function of promoting an exciting, happy city full of growth and promise.
That aside, the odd part of this game is that Purdue and Central Michigan are meeting for the second time this season. Outside of conference championship games, that's pretty unusual. In fact, this hasn't happened for Central Michigan since World War II and for Purdue since 1898.
But are multiple meetings really such a bad thing? I don't think so. Here's an idea: Duke and Notre Dame could play each other twelve times next season, and avoid everyone else. At least one of them would end up bowl eligible.