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Grab your guns and bulletproof vests, we might be bowling in Detroit

Motor City Bowl sitting on hold in finding pairing
It still hopes to find a Boise State-Ball State match of unbeatens in Dec. 26 Ford Field game.
David Goricki / The Detroit News
DETROIT – Motor City Bowl Executive Director Ken Hoffman will be working hard this week to get the matchup for the Dec. 26 game.

"It's about as clear as mud right now," Hoffman said Monday. "We're considering Ball State, Western Michigan and Central Michigan for the MAC teams. We're on hold with the other side since we won't know until the BCS bowls are announced (Sunday), and then there's the trickle-down effect.

"We won't have a Big Ten team if Ohio State's in a BCS bowl since there's only seven bowl eligible (in Big Ten) this year. Then, we have to look at an at-large team. If there's no Big Ten team we'll be looking at a team from the Big East, WAC or Sun Belt."

I know its a long shot but you never know….

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It's good to know that schools in smaller conferences will be getting a chance to play in bowl games, but I don't see the Motor City Bowl pulling from the Sun Belt or the WAC. I could see them pulling from the MAC, CUSA or Big East though.

And with this "trickle down effect…" does anyone know how the bowls are picked? Yes, we all know certain bowls have tie-ins, but for the bowls that aren't going to have their usual tie-ins (could be as many as a half dozen, right?) who goes first? Is it like a fantasy draft where all of them sit around in a smoke-filled room with candle light and fight for who wants what teams? Or do the bowls that happen chronologically first get to pick first?

If the chronological bowls get to pick first, the trickle down effect could certainly be put into high gear.

After the auto-tie ins get selected, the NO Bowl (assuming a Sun Belt team goes to a 'better' bowl), would go first because they are earlier than Motor City Bowl - then would come Motor City, Independence, Shreveport, etc.

If that's the case, I could definitely see FAU getting a bowl bid.

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ayyyyyyyyyyy Detroit is a FINE city!
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It really is a slap in the face to an undefeated Ball State team to be playing in the Motor City Bowl potentially against a 6-6 opponent be it FAU or some other team. I am all for FAU playing in a bowl game, but I don't like it from the perspective of Ball State.

GO OWLS!!!

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But by some chance, how great for a 6-6 barley made the bowl team beats the undefeated Ball State…

I know I'm dreaming, but it would be GREAT!

GO OWLS!
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owlfan1 said

It really is a slap in the face to an undefeated Ball State team to be playing in the Motor City Bowl potentially against a 6-6 opponent be it FAU or some other team. I am all for FAU playing in a bowl game, but I don't like it from the perspective of Ball State.

GO OWLS!!!

Its a slap in the face to the MAC, not Ball State.

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Its a reflection of what a crappy system the BCS is. Texas beats OU loses on a second TD to TTech and OU jumps ahead of them. Boise State and Ball State are both undefeated yet neither of them will play in a BCS bowl

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Sorry to say FAU will not be heading to Detroit.  The ACC has been pushing hard for NC State(ACC has 10 eligible for 9 slots-so NC State is the odd man out)  to go there and the Motor City Bowl is going to take them unless they can somehow get Notre Dame instead.
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Its a slap in the face if Troy has to play a 6-6 team from C-USA.

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owlfan1 said

It really is a slap in the face to an undefeated Ball State team to be playing in the Motor City Bowl potentially against a 6-6 opponent be it FAU or some other team. I am all for FAU playing in a bowl game, but I don't like it from the perspective of Ball State.

GO OWLS!!!

People need to get off the Ball State bandwagon.  The slap in the face is the schedule they played.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/schedule?teamId=2050 Here is their schedule.  67% of the teams on it have LOSING records.  They have no business being in a BCS bowl.
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