Hyundai Sun Bowl Watch: Projections, Possibilities and More
We’re on the last stretch for teams in college football to start winding down their year and get ready for the bowl season.
Now is a perfect time to break away and have some fun with the 85th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game approaching on Dec. 31.
Here are five matchups we would want to see on the borderland:
Boston College (7-4, 4-3) vs. Oregon (7-4, 4-4)
After Boston College’s loss to Florida State (22-21) and Oregon’s close win against Arizona State (31-29), this could be a match made in heaven. Oregon's program is back on the rise as a contender in the Pac-12 and wants to get back to its dominant ways. They also have Justin Herbert, who is projected to be the top quarterback drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. Boston College has amped up their offense this season, averaging 407 yards of total offense and 34 points per game.
#16 Washington (8-3, 6-2) vs. #19 Syracuse
This would be a matchup for the ages. Washington is coming off an expected victory over Oregon State (42-23), but if they get demolished in the Apple Cup against Washington State, they could bump out of the top-25 and fall into the hands of the Sun Bowl. It would be a battle of quarterbacks with Syracuse's Eric Dungey and Washington's Jake Browning.
Cal (6-4, 3-4) vs. Pittsburgh (7-4, 6-1)
Pittsburgh has been on the rise lately, currently riding a four-game win streak, including their big win against Virginia Tech, 52-22, where the Panthers put up 654 yards of offense. Cal has won three of their last four, including a slight 15-14 win over USC two weeks ago. Both these teams would be newer faces that would excite the Sun Bowl.
Florida State (5-6, 3-5) vs. Stanford (6-4, 4-3)
This would take a lot for the two teams, but Florida State has been on an uphill battle after facing tons of adversity and head coach Willie Taggart, despite his uncertainty with the team, is helping his squad get some big wins recently. If the Seminoles could pull off a big upset over No. 13 Florida, they could find their way to the Sun Bowl. On the other hand, Stanford has UCLA on the road and will face Cal in a makeup game. If they split their last two games, the Cardinal could find their way to El Paso for the second time in three seasons, and send off senior running back Bryce Love on a high note.
Teams still in the mix:
Pac 12: Utah, Arizona State
ACC: Georgia Tech, Wake Forrest, Virginia