After a month-long wait, the Washington State Cougars will finally hit the field to face the Miami Hurricanes in the 2015 Sun Bowl on Saturday (11 a.m. PT, CBS). This will be the first meeting between the two schools, which are separated by more than 3,000 miles of road.
How will the game play out? Both teams feature talented sophomore quarterbacks. WSU's Luke Falk will throw the ball at least 50 times, and probably complete close to 70 percent of those. Miami's Brad Kaaya is more explosive, but asked to throw the ball far less. He will hand the ball off far more.
But it might be worth Falk's time to test WSU's running game. That is Miami biggest defensive weakness, and the Cougars have been effective this year when facing suspect running defenses.
Both teams put extra effort into limiting big plays in the passing game. Both have done well in that so far this season, but Miami is much more adept at hitting the long ball. Of course, the Hurricanes are much more reliant on getting that long play, because they have not been good in the redzone. If the Cougars can force Miami into long drives, there is a good chance they can hold the 'Canes out of the endzone.
Most projections have this as a close game, with Miami as a slight favorite. Should be a fun one to watch in El Paso.
Game time: 11 a.m. PT
TV channel: CBS