WKU looks for revenge against Central Michigan in inaugural Bahamas Bowl


The day is finally here! Some might say its only been a couple of weeks in the making, others might say its been a couple of years, but nevertheless, today is the day the Hilltoppers and Chippewas will kickoff their second bowl meeting in three years as they ring in a new era of bowl games – the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

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If you’ve read through our offensive position previews (which, you can read over to the right if you missed any), it might seem that this game, before a play is even run, is well in the hands of WKU.

Brandon Doughty

seems to be leaps and bounds the better quarterback, he has more options out of his receivers and leading Central Michigan running back

Thomas Rawls

is academically ineligible, meaning most likely the Chips will platoon in the back field – not good when you need to play you best game in order to bring home the hardware.

Continuing with our statistical analysis trend, it still doesn’t seem like CMU can stop any facet of the Tops’ offense. They allow an average of 119 yards on the ground and over 330 yards through the air. By the sound of it, Doughty, Leon Allen and the rest of the Hilltoppers offense are going to have a field day.

But, lets not get ahead of ourselves. This is a CMU team that beat the MAC champions, Northern Illinois, in the regular season, as well as ended their schedule with a 3-1 mark. The Tops, of course, stormed through their final four games, ultimately gaining this bowl berth by beating the Herd in shootout fashion. The Chips might not have anyone that’s loud and proud like the Tops do, but that’s usually when teams are the most dangerous – they work as a cohesive unit.

Alright, time for me to shut up and the game to actually be played. Lets see if WKU can even this postseason series up to 1-1 and if the Hilltoppers can etch their name in college football history as the first ever victors of the Bahamas Bowl. Lets play ball.