The Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl was known as the Motor City Bowl from 1997-2009. The first five editions of the game were played at the Pontiac Silverdome. Since 2002, the game has been played at Ford Field in Detroit.
The game features the a team from the MAC against a team from the Big Ten.
• The inaugural game in 1997 had future NFL stars at the forefront. Deuce McAllister's 1-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left gave Ole Miss a 34-31 victory against Marshall. Marshall had a chance for a game-winning final drive, but Randy Moss had the ball stripped away by Ole Miss' Broc Kreitz after a 40-yard completion on the game's final play. Incidentally, Marshall would win the next three editions of this bowl.
• In 2002, Boston College scored touchdowns on each of its first six possessions en route to a 51-25 win against Toledo.
• In 2007, Purdue quarterback Chris Painter threw for 543 yards and three touchdowns. The Boilermakers needed every one of them; Chris Summers kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Boilermakers a 51-48 victory against Central Michigan.
|2006||Central Michigan||31||Middle Tennessee||14|
|2008||Florida Atlantic||24||Central Michigan||21|
|2012||Central Michigan||24||Western Kentucky||21|