Ohio Fans Expected to Outnumber Herd at Pizza Bowl

According to, “This is not your older brother’s Motor City Bowl.”

“All involved say the Detroit-based football bowl game, now known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, will deliver a differing — and frankly — enhanced experience for Marshall University football fans. The Thundering Herd (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA) faces Ohio University (9-4, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) on Dec. 26 at Ford Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. and ESPN will televise the game. Marshall earned berths in the initial four Motor City Bowls from 1997 to 2000, winning three. Those games played out in the Pontiac Silverdome about 25 minutes north of Detroit. The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is played in downtown Detroit at the home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions. Fan hotels are located within walking distance of Ford Field, numerous restaurants, museums and other entertainment opportunities. Ohio University fans obviously have taken notice. Bowl executive director Ken Hoffman projects 10,000 Bobcat fans to attend, along with approximately 2,500 to 3,000 Marshall supporters. Combined with local attendance, Hoffman expects a crowd of approximately 40,000.”