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Sun Bowl Preview and Prediction: Miami vs. Washington State

Luke Falk

Luke Falk

The Washington State Cougars will play in their second bowl game in three seasons as they will take on the Miami Hurricanes in the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. In 2013, the Cougars lost a close game to the Colorado State Rams 48-45 in the New Mexico Bowl.

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Miami will be making its third straight bowl appearance as last season the Hurricanes lost 24-21 to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Independence Bowl.

The Sun Bowl will mark the first time Washington State and Miami have played each other on the gridiron and each enter this game with identical 8-4 records. The Cougars last played in the Sun Bowl in 2001 when they defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 33-27. Miami last played in the Sun Bowl in 2010 when they lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 33-17.

Miami vs. Washington State (El Paso, Texas)

Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET (Saturday)


Spread: Washington State -3

Three Things to Watch

1. Return of Luke Falk

After not playing in the team’s 45-10 loss to the Washington Huskies, Falk will be back under center for the Cougars. The sophomore missed the Apple Cup after he was taken off the field with a head injury during Washington State’s 27-3 home win over Colorado on Nov. 21. That came a week after he suffered a similar head injury against UCLA.

Falk easily leads FBS in passing yards per game with 387.8. He also is tied for fourth in touchdown passes with 36 while throwing only eight interceptions.

Entering this game, the Hurricanes have been solid against the pass (196.3 ypg allowed), but they haven’t played a passing attack like the Cougars’. Gabe Marks and Dom Williams are two of the best wide receivers Miami will face all season, so it will not be easy slowing down Washington State’s offense.