The 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl matchup is set, featuring one team that is no stranger to the bowl game and another that will be making its first appearance.
Central Michigan comes into the game with a 6-6 record and will be participating in its fourth game at Ford Field. The Chippewas only win came in 2006 when they defeated Middle Tennessee. The short drive to Downtown Detroit will give the Chippewas somewhat of a home-field advantage.
Western Kentucky is making school history with its first ever bowl appearance. The Big Red have a lot to feel proud of this season and one of their players has a chance to surpass Barry Sanders in the record-books for all-purpose yards. Junior running back Antonio Andrews is only 274-yards away from breaking the record that was set in 1988.
This is the sixteenth year that a bowl game has been hosted in Detroit. The first five were played in the Silverdome, while the last eleven have taken place at Ford Field.
The game used to be known as the “Motor City Bowl” before being switched over to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2009, and is the only major college football bowl game located in the Midwest.
It has a history of great attendance, largely because of the fans that travel to watch their team play. Central Michigan has taken part in two of the highest attended games in bowl history. In 2007 vs. Purdue, the game brought in 60,624 people, while 54,113 were present in 2008 for the team’s win against Middle Tennessee.
The 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will take place on December 26th at 7:30 p.m.