Surrounded by fans, the Sun Court and Sun Queen, officials with the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl announced that Florida State and Arizona State would be the featured teams in the annual Sun Bowl.
ASU will play in its 32nd bowl game overall and the team’s eighth bowl appearance in the last nine seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ seventh overall appearance in the Sun Bowl, appearing in 1940, 1941, 1997, 2004, 2014 and 2017.
Florida State will appear in the postseason for an NCAA-best 38th time in the last 40 seasons. The Seminoles are returning to the Sun Bowl for the first time since 1966 and also played in the 1954 Sun Bowl, which was the second bowl appearance in program history.
“We are thrilled to be invited to El Paso for the opportunity to play in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl,” Florida State Director of Athletics David Coburn said. “We will face an outstanding program in Arizona State, which should make for an exciting game. Our team and staff are excited about spending time in a different part of the country. It will be a chance for Seminole fans in the southwest to see their Noles in person.”
Florida State leads the all-time series with Arizona State 3-1 and has won three straight against the Sun Devils. The teams first met in the 1971 Fiesta Bowl before squaring off in Tampa in 1979 and playing in Tempe in 1983 and 1984.
The Seminoles are 9-2 all-time against current members of the Pac-12.
“Arizona State University and Sun Devil nation will enjoy The Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl experience,” Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson said. “We are great friends with the Sun Bowl organization and they always welcome us with open arms. This will be a fantastic reward and experience for our football team, its seniors and our fans. The Sun Bowl committee and community put on a first-class experience for everyone.”
“The Tony The Tiger Bowl invitation provides a tremendous opportunity for our team and coaching staff to compete against a quality program and close out the 2019 season,” Head Coach Herm Edwards said. “We look forward to representing Arizona State University and our fans in El Paso. A bowl game is a reward for a good season and I am grateful for our players and coaching staff to be able to have this experience.”
The Sun Devils are coming off a 7-5 campaign that saw the program finish third in the Pac-12 South under second-year head coach Herm Edwards.
Arizona State enters the contest riding a two-game win streak to cap the regular season, featuring a historic upset of sixth-ranked Oregon before closing out the year with its third consecutive victory of the Arizona Wildcats in the annual Territorial Cup contest – the first three-game winning streak in the series since 2005-07.
The Sun Devils went 3-1 over ranked opponents this season and Edwards already has five wins over ranked opponents to his name in his tenure at ASU.
The 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl game will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon MT at Sun Bowl Stadium. The 2019 game will mark the 86th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 52nd consecutive broadcast on CBS.
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