The Sun Belt Conference added another bowl tie-in on Monday when the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl announced that a Sun Belt team will play in the game if the Big Ten does not have enough teams qualify. This now makes three bowls that Sun Belt teams can vie for each season.
The Sun Belt already has the New Orleans Bowl and the GMAC Bowl to send its Nos. 1 or 2 teams provided the conference has two bowl eligible teams.
This move will now add more national exposure for the small-school conference.
Four teams from the Sun Belt have won a bowl game since 2001; North Texas in 2002, Troy in 2006, FAU in 2007 and 2008, and Middle Tennessee in 2009. FAU is the only school to win a bowl that wasn't the New Orleans Bowl (2008 Motor City Bowl).
The Sun Belt has a 5-8 record overall in bowl games and have had at least three teams bowl-eligible the past four years.
The Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl, formerly the Motor City Bowl, calls for the No. 8 bowl-eligible Big Ten team to face the No. 1 or No. 2 MAC team at Detroit's Ford Field for the December game.
The game last year featured Marshall and Ohio University with Marshall winning 21-17.