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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Last year, Purdue fans had an excellent reason to watch the Motor City Bowl. Their team played in the game.
The Boilermakers are staying home for the bowl season this year, but the Purdue faithful still should tune in for tonight's Motor City Bowl matchup between Florida Atlantic and Central Michigan (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Florida Atlantic offensive coordinator Gary Nord will call his final game for the Owls before taking the same position on Danny Hope's staff at Purdue. Nord has been doing double duty in recent weeks, helping Florida Atlantic prepare for the bowl while taking recruiting trips for Purdue. He also has consulted Boilermakers coaches about Central Michigan, a team Purdue has faced three times since the start of the 2007 season.
Purdue fans can get a sense of Nord's play-calling style in tonight's game. He will stick with the spread offense in West Lafayette, though he'll put his own spin on the system. Tonight should provide a sneak preview of what's to come for the Boilers in 2009.