Rumors are flying around that perhaps the New Mexico Bowl and Sun Bowl are still in the picture. C-USA spokesman Russ Anderson said there is precedent for forfeiting a bowl slot if it means a C-USA team can get a bigger payout at a bowl it is not affiliated with. That's how UTEP could go from the New Orleans Bowl (payout $325,000) to the Sun Bowl ($1.9 million).
The Sun Bowl, which will probably be shopping for a team to replace its Pac-10 entry. That won't be known until Saturday, but if No. 2 Oregon beats Oregon State, the Sun Bowl will have to pick a team from a small list of leftovers. If C-USA gives up a New Orleans Bowl slot to, say, the MAC, UTEP would be free to go to the Sun Bowl.
"I'd say that's a long shot," Stull said of the Sun Bowl. "It's complicated."
The New Mexico Bowl situation is not as complicated. It is slated to pit a Mountain West team against a WAC team, but it is owned by ESPN, which has some lattitude to move teams amongst its bowls (which include the C-USA affiliated bowls). The WAC will also probably come up one team short of filling its spots. ESPN could move UTEP to Albuquerque and fill the New Orleans slot with a MAC leftover.
Still, a New Orleans Bowl date with Florida International seemms the most likely spot for the Miners.