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Boiling Point

  • Crossroads Classic extended through 2019
    The Crossroads Classic, a men's basketball event held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, has been extended through 2019, the athletic directors at Indiana, Butler, Purdue and Notre Dame announced Thursday.
  • Purdue to play Kansas State in Maui
    Purdue drew Kansas State in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, for which the bracket was revealed Wednesday.
  • Purdue finds a punter for 2015
    Joe Schopper, a punter at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, tweeted Tuesday that he has committed to join Purdue's Class of 2015.

For starters

We are nearing kickoff of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl here at Ford Field in Detroit.

For Purdue, the key in its first bowl game since 2007 will be disrupting Western Michigan's dangerous pass attack. That starts with players like Kawann Short getting pressure up front. The Boilermakers will be without leading tackler Dwayne Beckford at linebacker, so the team could utilize more nickel packages to try to offset a Bronco passing offense ranked No. 8 nationally.

Offensively, it will be interesting to see how effective Purdue's rushing game is without injured Ralph Bolden. Western Michigan is ranked No. 107th against the rush, so that could mean plenty of carries for Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt.