The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that No. 24 North Carolina State University will take on Arizona State University in the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The game is scheduled for Friday, December 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
NC State comes into the game 8-4 on the year finishing the regular season ranked No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings while its opponent out of the Pac-12, Arizona State, is heading to El Paso for the second time in four years after finishing with a 7-5 overall record and a 6-3 conference record.
“We feel this matchup will make for another great game here at the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “We cannot wait for the teams to arrive here to the Borderland so that we can show them a great time. As we have seen in the past, teams that come to the Sun Bowl normally have future professional players on the team and we are ecstatic that they will get to perform in front of the best football fans around.”
NC State will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, all under head coach Dave Doeren. In Doeren’s seven-year stint as a head coach, he has advanced to the postseason six times. The Wolfpack finished 6-2 in the ACC, tying the most conference wins in a single season all-time at NC State.
ASU will play in its 30th bowl game overall and the team’s sixth bowl appearance in the last seven seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ sixth appearance in the Sun Bowl. This marks the third meeting between ASU and NC State, and the Sun Devils hold an 8-10 record all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Sun Devils last faced the Wolfpack in 1974, a 35-14 loss in Tempe, while defeating NC State at home in a 25-22 effort during the 1960 season.
“The buzz is there at Arizona State and at the end of the day all of this is about the kids and about football,” said ASU graduate and football selection committee chairman John Folmer said, “We want to make sure that the team, the coaches and the families all have a great time when they are in El Paso.”
Tickets for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 29 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT).
All information for the game can be viewed online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers and fans can also call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.
Appearances in Sun Bowl
North Carolina State (0-0)
FIRST APPEARANCE – 2017
Arizona State (3-1-1)
Tie vs. Catholic, 0-0 (Jan. 1, 1940)
Loss vs. Western Reserve, 26-13 (Jan. 1, 1941)
Win vs. Iowa, 17-7 (Dec. 31, 1997)
Win vs. Purdue, 27-23 (Dec. 31, 2004)
Win vs. Duke, 36-31 (Dec. 27, 2014)
About the universities
North Carolina State
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Nickname: Wolf Pack
School Colors: Red (PMS-186) and White
Stadium (capacity): Wayne Day Family Field (57,600)
Surface: Natural Grass
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Chancellor: Dr. Randy Woodson
Athletic Director: Deborah A. Yow
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2016 Independence Bowl
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Nickname: Sun Devils
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (67,704 capacity)
President: Dr. Michael Crow
Athletic Director: Ray Anderson
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2015 Cactus Bowl
Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post