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A look at the big battles between Notre Dame and Miami in the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl: Notre Dame offense vs. Miami defense Forget Michael Floyd. The Fighting Irish can’t rely on the junior wide receiver, who has caught 73 balls for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, to provide their offensive spark in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Same goes for Notre Dame receiver Theo Riddick, who is an excellent No. 2. Neither will find much success early on against that Miami secondary, which is ranked No. 2 nationally in pass defense and features potential NFL first-round pick Brandon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Disappointing news for the folks who were counting on standing-room only tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl. Organizers said today that no such tickets would be available this year, citing fire codes. Standing-room only tickets previously have been sold for Sun Bowl Stadium — in 2008 for UTEP’s regular-season matchup against Texas and for last year’s Brut Sun Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Stanford. The decision comes after Sun Bowl officials said they would attempt to make a limited number of tickets available after the matchup between Notre Dame and Miami sold out in record time. The game will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
There are a mere 10 days till kickoff in the 77th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl featuring a matchup between Notre Dame and Miami. Both have already begun preparations for the game Dec. 31 in Sun Bowl Stadium. Here’s a few odds and ends. • Notre Dame will know who will be under center for the Hurricanes before kickoff. The Miami Herald reports that Hurricane interim coach Jeff Stoutland will make a decision on a starting quarterback by the time Miami begins practicing in El Paso on Dec. 27. Junior Jacory Harris started every game for Miami in 2009 and went... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
The Hyundai Sun Bowl has its dream matchup — Notre Dame vs. Miami. Speculation ran rampant Saturday night about the meeting between the two. The official word came Sunday afternoon.The Fighting Irish and Hurricanes will rekindle one of the fiercest rivalries of the 1980s in their first-ever bowl meeting and both teams' first trip to El Paso. It will be the 24th time the programs meet, but the first since 1990. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 15-7-1. Tickets are going fast, so if you haven't already plucked a few, go to sunbowl.org. Keep it posted here and www.elpasotimes.com for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Any hope of a Pacific-10 team's appearance in this year's Hyundai Sun Bowl was dashed when the NCAA denied Arizona State's appeal for bowl eligibility Friday and when Oregon manhandled Oregon State on Saturday. But according to a source close to the Sun Bowl, something golden might be headed our way. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that Miami, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, has expressed great interest in making its first visit to El Paso if Notre Dame is waiting for it on the opposite sideline. The Fighting Irish have told the Sun Bowl that they'd commit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Arizona State's 30-29 double overtime upset of Arizona on Thursday in the annual battle for the Territorial Cup gave the Sun Devils their fourth win over their bitter rival in six years. It also gave the Hyundai Sun Bowl hope that a team from the Pacific-10 Conference will be available to play in the annual El Paso game. With the win, Arizona State improves to a 6-6 overall record, the magic number for bowl eligibility (NCAA rules on FCS beatdowns notwithstanding). The Sun Devils are the Pac-10's fourth bowl-eligible team. And No. 5 could come Saturday if Washington can win... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
A couple interesting notes out of Miami tonight, where the Hurricanes are expected by many to be the Atlantic Coast Conference team invited play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. First, South Florida Sun-Sentinel writer Steve Gorten says that Miami is high on the list of teams that Sun Bowl chairman John Folmer wants to invite to El Paso, but that not final decision has been made. Gorten indicates that Miami would play a Big East team, assuming all weekend scenarios play out the way we all think they will. Something to keep an eye on. Even more shocking out of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
In stark contrast to a story by Times reporter Bret Bloomquist on Monday, Miami Hurricanes interim coach Jeff Stoutland said his team will be in El Paso on New Year’s Eve when he spoke to the media for the first time in his new capacity. Stoutland, who will lead the Hurricanes through their bowl game after the firing of Randy Shannon on Saturday, said Tuesday that Miami expects to be in El Paso on Dec. 31. In an animated news conference, Stoutland said the month leading up to the bowl game is “sort of like the last stand,” for his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
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With not much to report on the football front in regards to the 76th annual Brut Sun Bowl, let’s take some time for some housekeeping items. Men in black (and white) First, when Oklahoma and Stanford take the field at noon Dec. 31 in Sun Bowl Stadium, the teams will have a Big Ten officiating crew presiding over them. Before 2009, Big Ten crews hadn’t been in the spotlight for blown calls or referee shenanigans of any sort. But this season saw the conference make news a few times. First came Charlie Weis’ issues with a crew in Ann Arbor... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania
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Jay reported earlier today that coaches from the schools participating in the Brut Sun Bowl — whose names have been thrown around in talks involving Notre Dame's coaching position — will not let the rumor mill distract them. Both Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Stanford's Jim Harbaugh said they are focused on the Dec. 31 game during a visit to El Paso on Thursday. And here’s why: ESPN reports that Brian Kelly, who has coached Cincinnati’s football team to a 12-0 record this season and a berth in the Sugar Bowl, will be the new coach at Notre Dame, according to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania
The Associated Press reports that Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby says he is confident coach Jim Harbaugh is not a candidate for the opening at Notre Dame. In an e-mail Tuesday, Bowlsby says he has talked to Swarbrick and Harbaugh's agent, Jack Bechta, to confirm Harbaugh is not a candidate to replace Charlie Weis. In an interview with ESPN before Monday night's Ravens-Packers game, Harbaugh denied a New York Times report that he was set to meet or had already met with Swarbrick. Harbaugh told ESPN "there's no meeting" and he hasn't "talked to Notre Dame about a meeting." Stanford... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania
The Brut Sun Bowl is getting a little love from the national news outlets. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated ranks the matchup between Oklahoma and Stanford No. 8 this bowl season. That three spots behind all five Bowl Championship Series matchups. Only two New Year’s Day games are better than the Sun Bowl according to Mandel — the Capital One (Penn State vs. LSU) and the Gator (West Virginia vs. Florida State) bowls. Not bad. Rivals.com did it one better. Mike Huguenin, the Web site’s college football editor, ranks the Sun Bowl No. 7. Huguenin says he is intrigued by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania
Fans with tickets to the 76th Brut Sun Bowl now face the possibility of seeing TWO Heisman Trophy winners at the game. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, will not see the field for the Sooners as he recovers from a shoulder injury. But he’ll likely be in attendance in what will be his last trip with the team before he enters the NFL Draft. Stanford may provide a second Heisman Trophy winner. Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart was named a finalist for the award today. He joins Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Texas quarterback Colt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania
Arizona has pulled a stunning 21-17 upset of USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum, putting the Wildcats in position for a berth in the Brut Sun Bowl. Problem is, what if Oklahoma is the team waiting on the other side of this matchup? Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and Arizona coach Mike Stoops have already expressed their uneasiness about squaring off against one another. But the sibling rivalry is something the nation would love to see. Will the Sun Bowl respect both coaches' wishes? Should it? Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania
The Brut Sun Bowl has likely lost one half of a dream matchup. Oregon held off rival Oregon State 37-33 in a thriller Thursday night at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. For the Sun Bowl, it means goodbye, USC. With the win, the Ducks secure the Pac-10 title and their first Rose Bowl berth since 1995. More importantly for El Paso, the Oregon win creates a logjam of three-loss teams in the conference behind the Ducks. Some things still have to play out, but assuming California and USC win their games this weekend (both are favored), they'll join Oregon State... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Sun Bowl Mania