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Innovative coach Mike Leach will return to west Texas when his Washington State Cougars face the Miami Hurricanes in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 26 @ 2:00pm ET
Location: sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
Additional Read: Miami vs Washington State Betting

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Washington State-3

Odds at 5Dimes

Team Records
Washington StatePac-128-49-35-7

Hyundai Sun Bowl Matchup

The Cougars have had their finest season since the 2011 arrival of Leach, who became a national coaching figure in the eighties while guiding the Big 12's Texas Tech Raiders. Washington State, playing in the Pac-12 North, leads the FBS with an average of 397 passing yards even though sophomore QB Luke Falk missed the Apple Cup against Washington due to a brain injury. Miami interim coach Larry Scott will keep the reins while new coach Mark Richt watches a team that has an uneven season.

Falk, who has 4,266 yards and 36 TD passes, is listed as probable for the bowl game. His understudy, redshirt freshman Peyton Bender, has 91 pass attempts this season but has averaged just 5.47 yards. Two receivers in the Cougars' four-wide Air Raid scheme have double-digit touchdown totals in senior Gabe Marks (99 catches for 1,125 yards, 14 TD) and junior Dom Williams (73 for 997, 11 TD). Junior slot WR River Cracraft also chipped in 523.

Washington State is 3-2 as a favorite and 6-1 as an underdog. As a pass-heavy team with a suspect offensive line, they are tough to predict. Substituting short passes for running plays contributed to WSU having the least productive running game in FBS at 79.9 per game. Their 3-4 defense is also ranked 94th nationally in yards allowed, and they cough up an average of 28.8 points. For game day, the Pullman, Washington-based Cougars will have to adjust their body clocks for an 11am PT kickoff.

Miami canned Al Golden in October after it took the worst loss in school history, losing to No. 1-ranked Clemson by 58 points. The 'Canes are 3-3 as a favorite and 4-2 as an underdog, and take a two-game ATS win streak into the Sun Bowl. The program that was synonymous with success when it was voted national champions five times from 1983 through 2001 has not won a bowl game since the end of the '06 season.

The Hurricanes have a respectable attack, as sophomore QB Brad Kaaya has 3,019 yards with an impressive 15-to-4 TD/interception ratio. Senior WR Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters, as well as junior slot WR Stacy Coley, all amassed between 600-650 yards in the regular season. In the run phase, sophomore RB Joseph Yearby is 61 yards from the 1,000 milestone.

Miami's defense has allowed, on average, 28.8 points and 407 yards (76th in FBS) while playing in the challenging ACC Coastal division. Their secondary, where junior shutdown CB Artie Burns works with three seniors in CB Tracy Howard, S Dallas Crawford and S Deon Bush, will be busy against a team that is known to pass 50-plus times per game.

Hyundai Sun Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone over in five of the last six Sun Bowls.
  • The underdog has covered in five of the last six Sun Bowls.
  • Washington State is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games.
  • Washington State is 0-3 SU in its last three games in December.
  • The total has gone under in four of Washington State's last five games.
  • Miami is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games after consecutive wins.
  • Miami is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games after winning as an underdog.
  • The total has gone under in five of Miami's last six games in December.

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Sun Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Sun BowlIowa38Washington18-5IOWAIOWA
1996Sun BowlStanford38Michigan State0-8STANFOSTANFO
1997Sun BowlArizona State17Iowa7-7.5ARIZSTARIZST
1998Sun BowlSouthern Cal19TCU28+17.5TCUTCU
1999Sun BowlMinnesota20Oregon24+2OREGOREG
2000Sun BowlUCLA20Wisconsin21-4.5UCLAWISCSN
2001Sun BowlPurdue27Washington State33-6PushWSHST
2002Sun BowlPurdue34Washington24-2PURDUEPURDUE
2003Sun BowlOregon30Minnesota31-5.5OREGMINN
2004Sun BowlArizona State27Purdue23-7.5ARIZSTARIZST
2005Sun BowlNorthwestern38UCLA50-3UCLAUCLA
2006Sun BowlMissouri38Oregon State39-3.5MIZZOUOREGST
2007Sun BowlOregon56South Florida21-5.5OREGOREG
2008Sun BowlPittsburgh0Oregon State3-1.5OREGSTOREGST
2009Sun BowlStanford27Oklahoma31-10.5STANFOOKLA
2010Sun BowlNotre Dame33Miami17-2.5NOTRDNOTRD
2011Sun BowlUtah30Georgia Tech27-1.5UTAHUTAH
2012Sun BowlGeorgia Tech21USC7-9.5GATECHGATECH
2013Sun BowlVirginia Tech12UCLA42-7UCLAUCLA
2014Sun BowlDuke31Arizona State36-7.5DukeArizona State
2015Sun BowlMiami-Washington State--3--
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