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2019 Sun Bowl - Florida State Seminoles vs Arizona State Sun Devils

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It would be only fitting if the 2019 Sun Bowl had teams nicknamed Tigers playing in it. Along with the Sugar and Orange, the Sun Bowl is the second-oldest bowl game in the country and picked up Kellogg’s as a sponsor this year, rebranding the game after its Frosted Flakes mascot with the coolest official name of Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. We don’t have tigers instead we get the Florida State Seminoles and Arizona State Sun Devils squaring off in a battle of underwhelming Power 5 teams. Arizona State finished the season at 7-5 while FSU was 6-6. The Sun Devils opened as a 4.5-point favorite.

2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas


Matchup: Florida State Seminoles vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Odds: Arizona State -4.5, total 54

Sun Bowl Preview

As has become the norm in recent years with players preserving their NFL stock by not competing in bowl games, both teams will be affected by the decision of top talent to skip out on their teammates and coaches. Florida State will certainly be impacted without Cam Akers in the lineup. One season after having its run of 36 straight bowl games snapped, the Noles parted ways with Willie Taggart after a loss to Miami dropped them to 4-5. The team rebounded under interim Odell Haggins to win its next two matchups to get back in the bowl picture. After having the luxury of Bobby Bowden for 34 seasons and Jimbo Fisher for another eight, the Noles will start over with their second coach in three years when Mike Norvell takes the reins.

Haggins will lead the team in El Paso and will have to find a way to make up for the loss of Akers and his 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns. Even with those lofty numbers the Noles had only the 104th ranked ground game in the FBS. Khalan Laborn is the team’s second leading rusher with 297 yards and should be available after serving a suspension. James Blackmon had a nice season and will be counted on for more production with Akers out. Blackmon passed for 2,095 yards and 16 touchdowns while splitting time with Alex Hornibrook. There are issues on the other side of the football with FSU having the 99th ranked defense and allowing 28.5 points per game.

Making its third straight bowl appearance, Arizona State looks to end a three-game postseason slide with a return to the Sun Bowl for the third time in six years and for the seventh time overall. The Sun Devils last won a postseason game right here when they beat Duke 36-31 for their third Sun Bowl title and 14th bowl victory in 31 all-time games. A four-game losing streak left ASU at 5-5 and in danger of not even making the postseason until a major upset of No. 6 Oregon in Week 13. The Sun Devils went off as a 13-point dog ending the Ducks CFP hopes. They closed the year with a win over Arizona in the Territorial Cup.

ASU will be missing a good chunk of its offense with the decision of leading rusher Eno Benjamin and top receiver Brandon Aiyuk to skip the game ahead of the NFL draft. Benjamin had 1,083 yards and 10 touchdowns with 42 catches for 347 yards and two scores, a season after setting the ASU season rushing record with 1,642 yards. Aiyuk had 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns while also excelling as a kick returner. Not all is lost, though. Freshman sensation Jayden Daniels will take on a bigger role after throwing for 2,748 yards and 17 scores with just two interceptions.

Sun Bowl Format

The first Sun Bowl was played on January 1, 1935 as a fundraising event for underprivileged children in the community and for upgrades to the El Paso High School Stadium. The next year Hardin-Simmons and New Mexico State were invited to play, and the game has been a piece of the college bowl season for the past 86 years. This is one of the oldest bowl games in America, starting the same year as the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl.

During the early years of the bowl it was a tradition to invite the champion of the Border Conference against an at-large opponent. The league had its roots in the southwestern United States with member schools in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, so those schools were heavily involved in the Sun Bowl.

Since 2011, the selection committee has paired teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pac-12. The conferences first hooked up on December 31, 2011 with Utah beating Georgia Tech in the only overtime game in Sun Bowl history.

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

2018 Stanford Pittsburgh 14-13
2017 North Carolina State Arizona State 52-31
2016 Stanford North Carolina 25-23
2015 Washington State Miami, Fla. 20-14
2014 Arizona State Duke 36-31
2013 UCLA Virginia Tech 42-12
2012 Georgia Tech USC 21-7
2011 Utah Georgia Tech 30-27  (OT)
2010 Notre Dame Miami, Fla. 33-17
2009 Oklahoma Stanford 31-27
2008 Oregon State Pittsburgh 3-0
2007 Oregon South Florida 56-21
2006 Oregon State Missouri 39-38
2005 UCLA Northwestern 50-38
2004 Arizona State Purdue 27-23
2003 Minnesota Oregon 31-30
2002 Purdue Washington 34-24
2001 Washington State Purdue 33-27
2000 Wisconsin UCLA 21-20

Without agreed on conference affiliations for several years, the Sun Bowl had its pick of teams. Through its first 84 games, the bowl has hosted 79 different programs, the most of any bowl game in the nation. Through the 1957 season the game was played on either January 1 or 2. However, since then, with the exception of the 1976 season game, the bowl has been played in late December.

Keeping its roots close to home, the early Sun Bowls featured teams based in Texas or members of the Border Conference. Texas Tech, Hardin-Simmons and UTEP have each been involved in multiple contests. UTEP was known as Texas Mines and Texas Western before changing its name in 1967. The Miners are the host school for the Sun Bowl and play their home games in the stadium.

In 2010, Hyundai Motor Company moved into the role as title sponsor, signing on through 2013 and extending the contract through 2019. The bowl also has a long-standing relationship with CBS Sports, which has televised the game since 1968 and will continue through 2019. It’s one of only two college football games on CBS that does not involve the Southeastern Conference.

Most All-Time Wins at Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

5 UTEP 1949, 1953, 1954, 1965, 1967
4 Stanford 1977, 1996, 2016, 2018
3 Arizona State 1997, 2004, 2014
3 UCLA 1991, 2005, 2013
3 Oklahoma 1981, 1993, 2009
3 Oregon 1963, 1999, 2007
3 Alabama 1983, 1986, 1988
3 Wyoming 1956, 1958, 1966

The Sun Bowl has had major conference affiliations and currently selects bowl-eligible teams from the ACC and Pac-12. The Big Ten was affiliated from 1995 through 2005, and the Big 12 had a brief obligation from 2006 to 2009, as did the Big East.

Texas Tech and UTEP have made the most Sun Bowl appearances. The Red Raiders have made a record nine appearances in the Sun Bowl but haven’t played in El Paso in late December since 1993 when the Red Raiders lost their fifth straight Sun Bowl. They’re likely ecstatic that their current conference affiliation won’t bring them back to the Sun Bowl since they’ve lost a record eight games.

The hometown Miners have the most Sun Bowl victories of any team with five while appearing in eight games. They haven’t played in a Sun Bowl since 1967 when they won their record fifth game by defeating Mississippi 14-7. The Miners are one of three teams to win back-to-back Sun Bowl games, turning the trick in 1953 and 1954.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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