Its pretty ridiculous that the consequence of one conference sucking bad enough that its champion is awful is that that conference doesn't lose its bowl bid, but instead another conference ends up being penalized for the first conference's sucktitude by losing an at large bid and the multi million dollar payout that go with it.
The only thing out there is Wikipedia and a press release from 2010.
An article in The Tennessean reads as if the Sun Belt is in the running with everyone else for at-large spots:
On Monday, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said at-large bids are open in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Dec. 26), Military Bowl (Washington, Dec. 27), Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La., Dec. 28) and Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Dec. 31).
“We’ve been in contact with those four bowls over the last several weeks and those have heightened over the last 48 to 72 hours,” Benson said. Slots are less likely to open up in the Beef ‘O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl (Dec. 21) and BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 5) because of secondary tie-ins with the Mid-American Conference.
Drop the conference bowl ties and BCS bowl guarantees, rank every team from top to bottom, then create postseason matchups accordingly.
This won't happen any time soon, but it's the only thing that makes any sense.
I know this might seem late to the party, but every rumor says Dallas on January 1 right now.
Does anybody know *for sure* when we will know, or a rumor will break into a confirmed report?
I'm kind of eying flights right now and hoping BWI <--> DAL doesn't spike all the sudden...
Hopefully, the strong rumor or announcement breaks out this afternoon. Cyclones.tv shows a bowl press conference after the selection show. Probably tonight is the full answer.
Oh Nebraska, what a twisted way to get revenge on OU, ISU and the Big 12...choosing the b10 title game to give up 70...
I'll be surpised if N. Illinois doesn't take the Orange bowl and send OU to Cotton.
Last year players were tweeting mid-afternoon that it was NYC, I am hoping for the same today for Dallas.
"Ultimately, I think NIU needs a lot more to happen in its favor in the polls than might be realistic. So I'm going to project that the Huskies will come up just short, with the Sooners getting the Sugar's at-large berth."
-Brad Edwards ESPN.com