The 2011 Sun Bowl is just a day away. We’re sure you have so many questions. We’re here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Cory McCartney’s game preview.)
• What’s all this, then? It ain’t the Grandaddy, but the Sun Bowl is something of a maiden aunt: This will be the 77th contest with this name held in El Paso.
• Where will this game be played? El Paso’s Sun Bowl Stadium, home field for UTEP and host of this game for almost 50 years.
• Why do I remember this game with a vague sense of creeping dread? You’re thinking of the 2008 3-0 Oregon State-Pitt game, widely acknowledged as the very worst modern postseason college football contest.
• That sounds pretty gloomy. How ironic, for a Sun Bowl! Haha! Not as ironic as last year, when it snowed on the stadium, less than a mile from the Mexican border, but definitely the nadir of the December bowl experience in the BCS era.
• When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 31. The game will be televised on CBS.
• Whom does it feature? Current conference tie-ins bind the Pac-12 and ACC to El Paso.
• What about this year? This year 8-4 Georgia Tech and 7-5 Utah will travel south for New Year’s Eve.
• Who will call the game? The CBS varsity booth squad takes a 2011 curtain call, with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson at the helm.
• Who sponsors the game? Hyundai, currently, but don’t get too comfortable with that; this game has had a tendency since the mid-’90s to swap out title sponsors on the regular.
• Enough about the football. What about the loot? Oh, participating Sun Bowl players, you are truly blessed, to receive the traditional Sun Bowl Helen of Troy hairdryer. I have one of these at home, and often feel that I didn’t have proper reverence for its place in game history when it came into my possession. Read on and educate yourselves.
Stay tuned for more postseason FAQ sheets, and stay on top of a hectic postseason slate with our complete 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Schedule.