So, Birmingam? Troy took care of Arkansas State 35-9; earlier today, the N&O's JP Giglio indicated that the Papajohns.com Bowl would probably invite the Wolfpack if Troy won.
Update: Sounds good:
Troy's win Saturday night has shifted the sights of the Papajohns.com Bowl directly on N.C. State to fill its SEC slot against a Big East team, likely Rutgers.
With Troy headed to the New Orleans Bowl as the Sun Belt Conference champion, the Papajohns.com Bowl clearly prefers 6-6 N.C. State as its at-large team. But everything is on hold until two at-large teams with seven wins or more - Louisiana Tech (7-5) and Western Michigan (9-3) - are officially placed into games.
"Obviously, we'd love to have N.C. State," said Chris Turner, senior director of programming and events of ESPN Regional TV, which owns the Papajohns.com Bowl. "It's our understanding they want to come and at some point it's up to the NCAA to allow that to occur."