Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/27/11

The college football bowl season heats up today as three teams from BCS conferences start their postseason action today. Two bowl games will be played today: the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the Belk Bowl will crown their champions.

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will start things off when Purdue (6-6) tries to avoid having a losing record on the season going against Western Michigan (7-5). After that game, the Belk Bowl gets under way with Louisville (7-5) and North Carolina State (7-5) looking to get their eighth wins of the season.

Here is a preview of both of today’s bowl games.

LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: PURDUE v WESTERN MICHIGAN
  • When: December 27, 4:30 PM EST
  • Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
  • TV: ESPN/ESPN3
  • Line: Purdue -2.5

This bowl game features Purdue from the Big Ten going against Western Michigan from MAC.  Western Michigan will be looking to prove themselves against a team from one of the power conferences and will extremely motivated for this game.  The Broncos have the nations eighth best passing attack and are led by quarterback Alex Carder (3,434 YDS, 67 CMP%, 28 TD and 10 INT).

* – Purdue Western Michigan photo credit: via ESPN

Purdue also comes into this game with a lot to prove and will be trying avoid their fourth losing season in a row with a win.  Purdue’s offense has struggled a bit this season scoring points and are averaging 26.1 points per game which ranks 67th in college football.  Their offense will get a boost in this game because the Broncos have the 78th ranked scoring defense giving up 28 points per game.

Western Michigan has scored at least 38 points seven times this season and Purdue has given up more than 30 points four times this season which have all come in losses.

BELK BOWL: LOUISVILLE v NORTH CAROLINA STATE
  • When: December 27, 8:00 PM EST
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: ESPN/ESPN3
  • Line: North Carolina State -1.5

This game features North Carolina State from the ACC going against Louisville from the Big East and both of these teams have 7-5 records.  Louisville has won 5 of their last 6 games and it is because quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (1,855 YDS, 66 CMP%, 12TD and 9 INT) became a more efficient passer.  In his last 6 games, Bridgewater threw 8 touchdown passes and only 4 interceptions.

* – Belk Bowl photo credit: via Belk Bowl

North Carolina State has won 3 of their last 4 including a 37-13 blowout victory over then #13 Clemson.  Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon (2,790 YDS, 62.4 CMP%, 28 YD and 11 INT) comes into this game on a hot streak throwing 8 touchdown passes in his last two games.

North Carolina State might have an advantage in this game on defense because they been very good at creating turnovers this season and their 28 interceptions are the most in college football.

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