WATCH OUT WESTERN MICHIGAN
I am legitimately excited that the team is playing a bowl game, even if it is against a MAC team, even if it is against a directional Michigan team. I know it's just an exhibition, but what is sports, aside from an exhibition anyways? College football is more about an us vs. them mentality than any other sport, where "winning the championship" is the goal, perhaps because the path is more tangible.
Anyways, one of the things the Bowl system is good for is providing an end point for one's expectations. Only 1 team can win the championships, and only a handful have a shot even at the beginning of the year. What bowl game a team reaches at the end of the season is a good benchmark to hold your team to. Did they go to a game that was better or worse than you expected at the beginning of the year.
In my opinion, Purdue's trip to the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl is better than I expected. I will watch the Boilermakers not with a sense of disappointment, but with pride for a group that definitely overachieved this season. Western Michigan, are you ready for a Big Ten team that's not feeling sorry for themselves? We'll see