During the last week, there were plenty of bowl projections and predictions. For Miami, nearly all of them had the Canes heading back to El Paso, TX for the Sun Bowl. Sunday afternoon, those predictions and projections became reality.
Miami is headed to the Hyundai Sun Bowl!— Beau Bagley Sports (@BeauBagley) December 6, 2015
Bowl games have an opponent, obviously, and for the Sun Bowl, the Canes will be playing a Pac-12 team, with Washington State as the opponent.
Multiple sources have confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that Miami will face Washington State in the Sun Bowl in El Paso.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) December 6, 2015
Sun Bowl will be Wazzu against Miami according to a source.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 6, 2015
The Sun Bowl will be played on December 26th at 2:00pm Eastern.
The last time Miami was in the Sun Bowl? The last time we had a new coach, in 2010 when we played
USC Notre Dame.
The initial reaction from Canes players was about what you'd expect: not positive.
— Calvin Heurtelou (@_40Cal_) December 6, 2015
Calvin Heurtelou (@_40Cal_) December 6, 2015
— ᏚᏌᎡᏙᏆᏙᎬ ᎢᎻᎬ ᏚᎢᎡᏌᏩᏩᏞᎬ (@TheRealCourtelJ) December 6, 2015
#Canes officially going to the Sun Bowl. Hope the 12 of y'all who make that trip enjoy it.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) December 6, 2015
So yeah. Miami got placed in the absolute worst tier 1 bowl possible for an ACC team. And, after spending LAST Christmas in Shreveport, LA, that makes 2 years in a row this team (and the athletic staff and beat writers) have to spend the holidays in a wretched location.
But hey, it's better than not having a bowl game, right? RIGHT?!
More on this matchup soon.