Miami (8-4, ACC) vs. Washington State (8-4, Pac-12), Dec. 26, 2 p.m.
LOCATION: El Paso, Texas
Miami: Quarterback Brad Kaaya, 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Washington State: Quarterback Luke Falk, 4,266 yards passing.
Miami: The Hurricanes have won four of their last five games under interim coach Larry Scott following the firing of former coach Al Golden. New coach Mark Richt isn't expected to coach Miami in the bowl game.
Washington State: Coach Mike Leach's Air Raid offense has found an ideal signal caller in Falk, the sophomore who leads the country with an average of 387.8 yards passing per game. Falk has thrown for 36 touchdowns and only eight interceptions this season, and he's expected to return after missing the Cougars loss to rival Washington with an apparent concussion.
Miami: The Hurricanes were last in the Sun Bowl in 2010, and the school is making its third straight bowl game appearance.
Washington State: The Cougars last played in the Sun Bowl in 2001, beating Purdue 33-27, and they are in a bowl for the second time in the last three seasons under Leach, who is making his return to Texas after leaving Texas Tech after the 2009 season.