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Exclusive: Little Caesars Bowl still in play

Life's full of surprises.

Like this one I got from the Sun Belt Tuesday: FIU could win the conference, yet still end up playing in the Little Caesars Bowl on Dec. 26.

As recently as Monday, league reps had said that FIU, if it got to 6-6, would be assured a spot in either the New Orleans or GoDaddy.com bowls. But I just received this clarification:

"The Sun Belt Champ does not have to go to the New Orleans Bowl or the GoDaddy.com Bowl as long as those two bowls know that the champion has been accommodated by another bowl game.

"For example, if the Sun Belt champ were going to a BCS game or other game of their choosing, New Orleans or GoDaddy don't have to take the champ.

"If [Little Caesars] is open then it is in play. Doesn't have to be a bigger bowl necessarily."

Little Caesars, held in lovely Detroit on Dec. 26, is slated to take a third Sun Belt team if there are not eight bowl-eligible squads from the Big Ten. There are that many teams (and will be no more, as Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana all have seven or more losses), but with Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all in the Top 10 of the BCS standings, two teams could get a spot in one of the five BCS berths -- leaving the Little Caesars Bowl without a Big Ten rep.

Oh boy ...

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