Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Little Caeasars Pizza Bowl.png
Official Logo
StadiumFord Field
LocationDetroit, Michigan
Previous stadiumsPontiac Silverdome (1997–2001)
Previous locationsPontiac, Michigan (1997–2001)
Operated1997–present
Conference tie-insBig Ten, MAC
Sun Belt (alternate)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team
Sponsors
Motor City Bowl, Inc. (1997)
Ford, Chrysler, GM (1998-2007)
Ford, GM, UAW (2008)[1]
Little Caesars (2009-present)
Former names
Ford Motor City Bowl (1997)
Motor City Bowl (1998–2008)
2012 matchup
Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky (Central Michigan 24-21)
2013 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
 
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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Little Caeasars Pizza Bowl.png
Official Logo
StadiumFord Field
LocationDetroit, Michigan
Previous stadiumsPontiac Silverdome (1997–2001)
Previous locationsPontiac, Michigan (1997–2001)
Operated1997–present
Conference tie-insBig Ten, MAC
Sun Belt (alternate)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team
Sponsors
Motor City Bowl, Inc. (1997)
Ford, Chrysler, GM (1998-2007)
Ford, GM, UAW (2008)[1]
Little Caesars (2009-present)
Former names
Ford Motor City Bowl (1997)
Motor City Bowl (1998–2008)
2012 matchup
Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky (Central Michigan 24-21)
2013 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (known as the Motor City Bowl until 2009) is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 1997. The first five games (1997–2001) were played at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Starting in 2002, the game was moved to 65,000-seat Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Ford Field is home to the NFL's Detroit Lions, and played host to Super Bowl XL.

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl features a bowl-eligible team from the Mid-American Conference (usually the winner of the MAC Championship Game, although that team is not required to accept the bid; prior to the formation of the bowl the MAC champion earned an automatic bid to the Las Vegas Bowl) playing a bowl-eligible team from the Big Ten Conference. If the Big Ten does not have an eligible team, the game will feature a team from the Sun Belt that meets the NCAA requirement of at least six wins. In the event that the Sun Belt does not have an available team, an at-large team can be chosen.

The game was jointly sponsored by the "Big Three" automakers in Detroit from 1998 to 2007 (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler). Starting with the 2008 game, Chrysler was replaced by the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights as a presenting sponsor. In 2009, Little Caesars became the title sponsor of the game after General Motors and Chrysler reorganized under bankruptcy protection. Ford remained as a sponsor.[2]

In 2011, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and the UAW are committing $100,000 together to become the presenting sponsor of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field. Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. and its franchisees remain the title sponsor.

With the help of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Ford, General Motors and Little Caesars they hope to get the fifth Big Ten selection (they currently have the eighth selection) by petitioning the Big Ten Conference to allow it to get a higher pick before the current deal expires in 2013.

Motor City Bowl logo.

The then-named-Motor City Bowl marked the first bowl game held in the Detroit area since the Cherry Bowl in 1984–85. It is the only Division I college bowl game played in the Midwest United States.

A bowl record crowd of 60,624 fans witnessed the 2007 bowl game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Central Michigan Chippewas.

On April 12, 2010, it was announced that the Big Ten Conference has extended its affiliation with the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Big Ten no. 8) through the 2013 season. Also the Sun Belt Conference and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl have agreed to a secondary tie-in that will allow a Sun Belt Conference team to play in the Detroit-based game should the Big Ten Conference not have an available bowl-eligible team to play.

ESPN has televised the game since its inception.

The Total Attendance For The Motor City/Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is 740,924 (as of 12/28/2013)

Game results[edit]

DateWinning teamLosing teamAttendanceGame
December 26, 1997Mississippi34Marshall3143,340Game article
December 23, 1998Marshall48Louisville2938,016Game article
December 27, 1999Marshall21BYU352,449Game article
December 27, 2000Marshall25Cincinnati1452,911Game article
December 29, 2001Toledo23Cincinnati1644,164Game article
December 26, 2002Boston College51Toledo2545,761Game article
December 26, 2003Bowling Green28Northwestern2451,286Game article
December 27, 2004[3]Connecticut39Toledo1052,552Game article
December 26, 2005[4]Memphis38Akron3145,801Game article
December 26, 2006[5]Central Michigan31Middle Tennessee1454,113Game article
December 26, 2007Purdue51Central Michigan4860,624Game article
December 26, 2008Florida Atlantic24Central Michigan2141,399Game article
December 26, 2009Marshall21Ohio1730,331Game article
December 26, 2010FIU34Toledo3232,431Game article
December 27, 2011Purdue37Western Michigan3246,177Game article
December 26, 2012Central Michigan24Western Kentucky2123,310Game article
December 26, 2013Pittsburgh30Bowling Green2726,259Game article

MVPs[edit]

YearMVP(s)TeamPosition
1997Stewart PatridgeMississippiQB
1998Chad PenningtonMarshallQB
1999Doug ChapmanMarshallRB
2000Byron LeftwichMarshallQB
2001Chester TaylorToledoRB
2002Brian St. PierreBoston CollegeQB
2003Josh HarrisBowling GreenQB
Jason WrightNorthwesternRB
2004Dan OrlovskyConnecticutQB
2005DeAngelo WilliamsMemphisRB
2006Dan LeFevourCentral MichiganQB
2007Curtis PainterPurdueQB
2008Rusty SmithFlorida AtlanticQB
2009Martin WardMarshallRB
2010T. Y. HiltonFIUWR
2011Akeem ShaversPurdueRB
2012Ryan RadcliffCentral MichiganQB
2013James ConnerPittsburghRB

Most appearances[edit]

RankTeamAppearancesRecord
1Marshall54–1
T2Central Michigan42–2
T2Toledo41–3
T4Purdue22–0
T4Bowling Green21–1
T4Cincinnati20–2
T7Boston College11–0
T7Connecticut11–0
T7Florida Atlantic11–0
T7FIU11–0
T7Memphis11–0
T7Mississippi11–0
T7Pittsburgh11–0
T7Akron10–1
T7BYU10–1
T7Louisville10–1
T7Middle Tennessee10–1
T7Northwestern10–1
T7Ohio10–1
T7Western Michigan10–1
T7Western Kentucky10–1

Wins by conference[edit]

ConferenceWinsLossesPct.
MAC710.412
C-USA23.400
Big Ten21.667
Sun Belt22.500
Big East201.000
ACC101.000
SEC101.000
MWC01.000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities". Littlecaesarspizzabowl.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Connecticut received the bid to play in this game as the Big Ten did not field enough teams to qualify for this game.
  4. ^ Memphis replaced the Big Ten and Big East teams as they did not have enough teams to qualify for this game.
  5. ^ The Big Ten did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fulfill their obligation to qualify for this game, so Middle Tennessee filled the Big Ten's spot.

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