Sun Belt Conference gets a secondary tie-in with the Little Caesars Bowl

Detroit, MI (KAIT) - Arkansas State and the rest of the Sun Belt will have a third bowl tie-in this upcoming season.

Organizers of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl say they have a deal that will pit Big Ten and Mid-American conference teams against each other yearly through 2013.

The deal announced Monday 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 bowl will have first pick of a MAC team in 2010 and 2012 and second pick in 2011 and 2013.

If the Big Ten doesn't have eight bowl-eligible teams, the Little Caesars Bowl will get a Sun Belt Conference team.

Two Sun Belt teams have played in the Little Caesars Bowl in the past. Middle Tennessee lost to Central Michigan 31-14 in 2006. Two years later, Florida Atlantic defeated the Chippewas 24-21.