Sun Bowl Officials and football fans gathered at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino for ‘Selection Sunday’ ahead of the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Headlining the 85th Annual game will be Stanford and Pittsburgh, both teams making return visits to El Paso.
“This is another great matchup with two really good football teams,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “To have a conference runner-up in our game is always great. We are ecstatic for the teams to arrive and enjoy a fun and exciting week with the Borderland community.”
The 8-4 Cardinal returns to the Sun City, where they hold a 3-1 record in the Sun Bowl, most recently downing North Carolina 25-23 in 2016.
The Pitt Panthers roll into the borderland fresh off the ACC Championship game, with a 7-6 record overall this season. Pitt last played in the Sun Bowl in 2008, losing 3-0 to Oregon.
According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, Pitt and Stanford have met three times before – the most recent game in 1932 – with the Panthers beating Stanford; Pitt leads the all-time series 2-1.
The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Monday, December 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 12 p.m. (MT).
All information for the game can be viewed online. 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.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was at the selection, and we bring you his view of the game in the gallery below.