I've had this one circled on my calendar for awhile now.
Pizza Bowl Open Thread
Who's everyone rooting for? I've got Western. I'm from West Michigan and my sister went there. I usually root B1G so I had to think about it for a second.
I made a bet with a co-worker. If B10 wins more than 3 bowl games, lunch is on him. Otherwise, it's on me.
What are my chances of free lunch?
Pretty good. Seriously? 3 games? I know the B1G is only favored in 3, but we have 10 teams in bowls. I think you'll get 3.
3.5 seems like a fair o/u. I'd take the over. I see wins from:
I will not be surprised to see wins from:
I don't give much chance to:
Personally don't like MSUs chances agaist Georgia. They're a pretty good team.
I do agree that OSU should handle Florida pretty easily. And I would be surprised if Illinois won. That team is completely deflated.
But so is UCLA, their head coach was fired, prior to their appearance in the PAc-12 Championship game. UCLA has given up 99 pts in their last two losses, to USC and Oregon.
the 4th best team in the SEC is better than a team that was basically the equal to the B1G's best team.
I'm not putting money on MSU, nor will it hurt my feelings in the least if I'm wrong, but I see MSU winning by double digits.
For whatever reason, he's really down on B10 and thinks they've got tough matchups. We made the bet before bowls were assigned and before we knew that 10 teams would be eligible.
I think 5-5 is a good possibility. i think Michigan and Ohio should both win, and there are a bunch of 50-50 games (Penn State, MSU, NW, Purdue, Illinois). Even Iowa, who a lot of people have written off, could win. Oklahoma has lost most of its receiving corps, and their secondary is not good. Since Iowa is going to have to pass most of the time anyway, they could roll up a lot of points in that one.
As an alum this is a simple one.
I had no idea what Belk was until I looked it up.
Double post. Sorry.
I'm gonna have to order a pizza now.
This marks the beginning of my bowl pool. I've got 10 confidence points on Purdue so Let's Go!
On a side note, were the Little Caeser's end-zone scripts really necessary? Don't they get enough airtime from having their name on the bowl and from those awful commercials during Tigers games? #CmonIlitch
Hoping Purdue represents the B1G well tonight. While we're talking about it, I wonder what a pizza bowl would look like anyways...
Could Caleb Terbush be more blonde?
Why in the world were there no bowls on last Friday but there has to be a bowl on at 4:30 on a Tuesday?
Only old people watch TV on Fridays.
Great sitting down touchback, Purdue. The 20 is a little different than the 1.
WMU grad here...I'll be rooting for the Broncos! Jordan White is the real deal, and I think they will pull this one out. They've had some recent luck against Big Ten and AQ teams. GO BRONCOS!
As a former resident of Kalamazoo I gotta go for the Broncos, but I won't waste my time actually watching this one.
When did you graduate?
Wow that was a nasty looking facemask.
Go Boilers! Every win helps how the B1G is perceived.
I've seen for a while. C'mon Purdue.....
Did Gholston transfer and somehow miss having to sit out a transfer year?
It's 2 minutes of necessary roughness!!!!
Gotta root for my Boilers, I've on occassion rooted for Purdue to not get blown out at Michigan Stadium too.
Nice pancake from Dann O'Neill # 68
I wonder if Big Dan-O regrets his decision to leave. Could be starting in a BCS bowl this year...Oh well.
Hoke definitely would've given him a shot, but he proly wouldn't be starting this year. I think he left for the prospect of starting. He never really got a shot a playtime behind Hyuge, Lewan, and Schofield.
I'm a freshman at WMU so i'll be rooting for my school. I didn't really go to the school for their athletics, but it would be nice to see them win.
The answer is: Dink, dunk, dunk, dink, dink, dink, dunk, dunk, dunk, dink, dink, dunk.
The question was: What does the Purdue downfield passing game sound like?
and giving up the 2-point conversion. Not a good start for the Fighting Hopes. Naturally I bet 7 points on the Big Ten team in the contest.
so much for controlling time possession.
Michigan beat Purdue by 22 and Western by 24
Illinois beat Western by 3 and lost to Purdue by 7
So I figure Purdue by 6 over Western
good thing Purdue locked up Danny with that extension. I can only imagine the bidding war that would've broken out for his services had they not.
Just turned this on to see the P fumble, WMU touchdown and 2 pointer. Went to WMU for undergrad so go Bronc's!
I wonder if Graham Couch will anoint Alex Carder the best Qb in the state again with a WMU win today!
He's seen Western do a double pass, a flea flicker, and a fake FG 2-pt conversion. He's being out-Purdue'd.
...why isn't this the sponsor?
Missed FG. This is just peachy for conference "prestige."
I wonder if Purdue is kicking themselves already for giving Hope that extension yet? They look terrible.
Start of a great night tonight. Fat Tire, Portillo's, football, and megangoblue.
+ alcohol + GF == #winning
Ever been to Portillo's? It gets a spot pretty high on the list, even with the Pizza and Belk Bowls on.
Home for me is a town with about as many places to eat as people, and I still fight traffic to go a town north and eat there.
$2 refills on mugs of beer after you buy the first mug/beer for $3.50 on Sundays and Mondays, plus TVs and pool tables. I get a little rush every time I sneak into enemy territory to drink and sneak back out undetected.
If you ever make it to Illinois, you need to make it your first stop. Anyone else from the area can vouch for that (you can't get it any further east than Merrilville, IN though, which sucks).
that was an insane catch of a pass that never should have been thrown. Nice play to get to first and goal. How do you throw into double coverage like that? It ended up being triple.
Portillo's alone would be the start of a great night.
Unintentional onside kick works like a charm for Purdue. This is hilarious.
Hope drew that up
I wondered why they didn't go for 2, they were going for the onside kick after. Because it worked I'll say it was clever. :o)
are you kidding? Gutsy call. I think the mathlete's analysis is proving accurate in this game. MOAR two-pt conversions! MOAR onside kicks!!
This is an ugly game, but man, I really find a lot of these low games against equally crappy teams to be quite entertaining.
These games tend to start sloppy because of the long layoffs. I would expect the same in the Michigan vs Virginia Tech game as well. So don't yell at your tv if Denard starts out a little rusty.
Another turnover!? 2 each for both teams and we're still in the 1st half.
Two great gashes of the Purdue D end in an interception. This is getting oddly entertaining for the turnovers alone.
OFFTOPIC: I spent most of the first quarter on the phone getting promoted - late Christmas gift to me.
So when my power goes out in a storm, I can now blame you?
It means you can call me and I will direct it to the appropriate designer, rather than design the solution myself. :-)
Do you have the authority to redirect the repair crews to my area as well? In all seriousness, I'm in the northeast corner of Ann Arbor, and in an older neighborhood with above ground power lines which made it seem like any substantial snow storm came through we would lose power. It has actually gotten significantly infrequent over the last couple years. Anything that you guys did, or is it mostly the transmission line companies?
It's probably something I designed for a reliability project. I find myself out there quite a bit. I typically have the north and west side of the city, as well as Scio and Lima Townships. That is (soon to be was) me too.
Between increased power outages and increase in bowl game threads.
Or then causation....
I applaud Western for breaking with convention and calling their Sam linebackers Rover instead. It's about time someone finally stood up and did it. /s
Loved that fan sign that said something along the lines of "Detroit belongs to Purdue". Only their fan base could embrace the Pizza Bowl like that. Take pride in it BoilerFan.
I have a feeling the lead and a game of "hot potato" will have a lot in common in this game, for apparently nobody really wants to win this one.
And yet noone wants to lose it either. It's a vicious cycle.
Jesus, second onside attempted and recovered by purdue. This game rocks. Seriously, very entertaining.
Kinda sad that Purdue needs to revert to an on side kick half way through the second quarter against Western.
Needs to, or is capatalizing on an advantage based on the way Western lines up. It worked twice.
Danny Hope reads the Mathlete.
.....shouting, "MOAR ONSIDE KICKS!". That would be pretty funny, I think.
EDIT: Danny Hope storms the field, distracting the officials with his facial hair. Looking at the replay, I think I see his point, not to mention the moustache.
OH,GEEZ EDIT: Did I miss something? Did someone grease the football?
Some seriously great MACtion
Even though the lockout's over this is still better than todays NBA.
Another unsolicited slam on the nba
Jim Romes had a few days off and I miss him pointing out why MAC > NBA during the week.
This is a rather exicting goal line stand, but alas, it ends in a field goal.....or an onside kick.
Just used the Little Caesars coupon for free crazy bread that they advertised during the game. So good.
It is pretty good, but I don't understand what is so crazy about it. The first time I had it, I was expecting cheese to be involved in some capacity.
It is really hitting the spot for me. I am a recent u of m college graduate in transition to a job, so naturally I got one, but this definitely helps the pockets.
Once again, fouls and Zeno's Paradox....it's uncanny this bowl season.
I've been wanting to ask you. What is the deal with the ponies. I just googled Derpy and laughed at the youtube video.
My kids actually got me into the latest incarnation of "My Little Pony", which I obviously find amusing enough to make use of show-related memes, not to mention my avatar. It's actually a sort of Animaniacs-esque deal, where the animation is clearly meant for kids, but the references in the show are actually pop culture in their nature (it makes constant Broadway and movie references), and some of the humor is moderately adult. It helps that I actually know a few people that work on the show in Vancouver through my sister, so I've become mild acquaintances with some of its creators. I just find the show funny basically, and for someone that has to do what I do each day, somewhat escapist.
I didn't think I would learn anything about my little ponies today. I also loled at the definition of brony on urban dictionary. From the few clips I saw it doesn't look all that bad.
In the year that I have been on this board, you're actually only the second person to ask. I don't mind answering - I am obviously not ashamed of it. LOL
I didn't care why you chose it. I just thought it was hilarious and awesome. You are also cool b/c you are an avid CFB junkie like myself. There is no suck thing as a bad bowl game. It gives me the opprtunity to watch teams I would never get to see play unless they had them. Maybe there will be 30 next year!
Hope's not going to like that.
This game is a train wreck! But very entertaining.
I was amused by the fact that they ESPN is not "counting anyone out". Given the teams involved, I wouldn't either. It's been pretty ugly overall.
EDIT: Is it just me or have both teams just had immense trouble with dead-on run plays and QB draws all game?
Say what you want about the Motor City/Little Caesar's Bowl - it's usually a pretty entertaining game.
It's making this game for me, it really is...
Ohio vs. Marshall was a good matchup a year back.
Carder looks absolutely awful
That Ifeadi Odenigbo Get 2 The Game was depressing. He was one of my favorite prospects. It's going to suck seeing him on another team, especially if he stays in the Midwest.
...its Western Michigan, not Central Michigan. Stupid ESPN.
Ah, those Regionals are all alike.
These turnovers oh noes are unreal.
At the current rate of turnovers, a complete WMU comeback is not unrealistic. All the ball needs is a little more bacon grease.
EDIT: Innovation in punting and punt formations. It's a Pizza Bowl thing.
I guess at least the B1G got a bowl win albeit an embarrassing one.
This is such a funny game.
Is Gus Johnson calling this game for the radio?? I don't hear him on my TV but this is a classic Gus Game.
The ball must have been sitting in the Little Caesars kitchen because that thing is greasy.
WMU fumbles....1:47 is a lot of time in this game, but 37-32 might approximate the final score.
Not a lot of time with no timeouts. Although a fumble on the knee down is not out of the question.
...and 37-32 Purdue it is.
Purdue: Beating Regionals in the Pizza (formerly Motor City) Bowl since 2007.
Why doesn't the Big 10 get any respect? Purdue got six turnovers and two onsides kicks, yet only beat a 7-5 MAC team by 5--that's why.
Wasn't really paying attention, but was that last fumble a designed QB run? Or was it Carder tryiong to get away from the sack? Either way, what a sloppy game by both teams.
Broken pass play.
Looks like San Kinison.
Good answer. I like the way you think. I'm gonna be watching you.
After hearing his attempt at oration, I no longer think that Danny Hope is a bad person. I think he's just really, really dumb.
Just got back from the game. Went with several family members. I was rooting for Western but I guess it's good for the Big Ten to win. I won't be rooting for MSU, OSU or PSU, however.
47,000 fans showed up. Much more than I expected. That was probably the weirdest game I've ever been too. Purdue tries two onside kicks and recovers them both. Western fumbles, Purdue picks the ball up and then fumbles back to Western...that happened twice. Carder could have easily had a couple more interceptions. There is no defense in the MAC. All the teams just throw, throw, throw and score a ton of points. Not that Purdue is any good themselves. The game might have been different if not for that 99 yard kickoff return by the Boilers. Still hate Danny Hope.
We-he-hell.....47,000 was the announced attendance, yes, but I wouldn't put 47,000 in the stadium. Maybe 38-40. I mean, it wasn't too bad for an eighth-tier bowl (it's not like anybody showed up at the Hawaii Bowl) but I had my doubts about 46-47,000. Was at the game myself, my brother is a Purdue grad so we made a family trip of it. Second time we've gone, both games were pretty tight and entertaining if a little sloppy.
Dammit...this should have been Eastern.....God damned Ball State....Grrr....