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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Preview: Western Kentucky, Central Michigan and Pizza! Pizza!

Pizza and a pair of directional universities playing in a postseason game. You don't get much more Dec. 26 than that


Little Caesars Pizza, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Why it exists: Because Little Caesars decided that Pizza! Pizza! was too expensive and needed another marketing angle

The Teams: Western Kentucky and Central Michigan

How Western Kentucky got here: Because fifth place in the Sun Belt in 2012 is apparently that much more impressive than second place in the Sun Belt in 2011. Part of that might have to do with arguably the high point of the season, a 32-31 overtime win against Kentucky, which technically does count as a win against an SEC team (though even Western Kentucky players would tell you that label is debatable.) For the most part, the Hilltoppers won with defense -- when it showed up. WKU was 1-5 in games when the opponent scored more than 30 points. The exception, of course, was against Kentucky, a team at whom you are now free to laugh at. Their best offensive performer was Antonio Andrews, who rushed for around 134 yards a game. Jonathan Dowling had six interceptions, including a pick-six, on defense.

How Central Michigan got here: By winning four of their last five games to salvage what was at that point a 2-5 season. By the time the final seconds ticked off the clock in the 11-point loss to Ball State, Dan Enos was firmly on the hot seat. While the rally at the end of the year might have preserved his job for the time being, Enos would probably like a win in this game just to make sure he finishes the season with a winning record. Of course, Central Michigan doesn't do anything particularly well -- but they do have the exquisitely named Zurlon Tipton, who rushes for 116.3 yards a game. Sure, there's not much support for Tipton anywhere else on the field, but at least you can't say they have no playmakers.

College football fans care because: This is a quasi-historic game, given that it's Western Kentucky's first trip to the postseason since they moved to the FBS. Of course, at the rate we're going, every team is going to get that taken care of in the next few years by going to the Wal-Mart Bowl in Bentonville, Arkansas.

SEC fans care because: Kentucky s'pposed to be SEC.

Watch this game if...: You like pizza

The result: Western Kentucky 24, Central Michigan 13

Line: Western Kentucky by 6.5

(Record straight up: 5-2; ATS 2-5)