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.