BEFORE THE Bobby Petrino era begins at Western Kentucky, there's a bowl game to play - the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan.

The game at Detroit's Ford Field on Wednesday night is not far from the campus of the Chippewas (6-6). The Hilltoppers (7-5) will be run by Lance Guidry, named interim coach Dec. 8 after Willie Taggert left for South Florida. They are in their first bowl since becoming a top-tier college-football school in 2009.

"Even though coach Taggert is gone, the coaches are still here with us," said running back Antonio Andrews, who has run for 1,609 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's also a receiving threat and returns kickoffs and punts. He has 2,977 all-purpose yards on the season, just 273 behind the record set by Barry Sanders. "They've been here since Day 1."

In other college football news:

* Syracuse coach Doug Marrone announced that little-used running back Adonis Ameen-Moore and tight end Max Beaulieu will miss Saturday's New Era Pinstripe Bowl against West Virginia because of violations of athletic department rules.