EL PASO, Texas – Three full weeks of the 2018 college football season are in the books and we are starting to get a clearer picture of which teams are real contenders for playoff spots and bowl games. For most teams, conference play begins this week, although there have been a few teams to take on conference opponents already, such as Stanford and USC, who faced each other in week two.
There weren’t many surprising results this past week in the Pac-12. Teams like Washington, Stanford, Oregon, and Washington State all came away with victories and kept their momentum going in the right direction. The biggest surprise came with USC’s loss to Texas 37-14, though many people are high on Texas. Arizona State lost its first game under coach Herm Edwards, 28-21 to San Diego State. UCLA continued its early season struggles, losing 38-14 to Fresno State dropping the Bruins to 0-3.
Here’s some games to keep an eye on this week:
Washington State at USC
One of the more intriguing games this week, sees Washington State traveling to Los Angeles to take on USC, Friday night. The Cougars bring a 3-0 record in to face off against a Trojan team that has struggled early and holds a 1-2 record. USC was held to minus-5-yards against Texas last week and may find it challenging to run the ball against a Cougar team that is allowing 96.3 rushing yards per game.
Arizona State at No. 10 Washington
Arizona State suffered its first loss of the season and will be challenged to find a way to rebound against No. 10 Washington on the road. The Huskies are coming off a victory over Pac-12 opponent Utah, 21-7, a game in which Washington allowed just 261 offensive yards to the Utes. Arizona State will have a big test to attempt to get its third will of the season this week.
No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon
ESPN’s College Gameday will be live from Eugene, Oregon, to preview No. 7 Stanford against No. 20 Oregon on Saturday. The Cardinal will be on the road for the first time this season and it will be worth keeping an eye on how they react in front of the crowd of over 54,000 people packed into Autzen Stadium. The Ducks are averaging 503 yards, and 51.7 points per game, while the Cardinal are allowing 7.7 points and just 301 yards per game.
Other Pac-12 Games (Saturday):
Arizona (1-2) @ Oregon State (1-2)
Like the Pac-12, there weren’t many surprises in the previous week for ACC teams. Clemson continued winning and Miami is heading in the right direction after a loss in the opener against LSU. Florida State looks shaky after two early season losses while Duke continues to look impressive and it may enter conference play with a 4-0 record if it handles business this week.
Many of the ACC teams have been playing out-of-conference games the past few weeks, so it’s exciting now that many of them will begin playing their tough conference schedules in the next few weeks.
Here’s a few games to watch this weekend:
No. 23 Boston College at Purdue
Yes, Purdue is 0-3, but they’ve lost those games by a combined eight points. Don’t let the Boilermakers record fool you into thinking this team is done. The Boilermakers are close to picking up their first win of the season, and they’d love to do it against a ranked opponent this week. Boston College heads into the weekend 3-0, including wins over Massachusetts and Holy Cross. You beat who are scheduled, and the Eagles have done that, but this may prove to be their biggest test of the early season, and it won’t help that it’s on the road.
NIU at Florida State
The Seminoles are sitting at 1-2 overall on the season under first-year coach Willie Taggart. The Seminoles will try to get back to .500 on the year this Saturday against Northern Illinois (1-2) as they are favored by 9.5 points. NIU averages 12.3 points per game, while FSU averages 15.3, so it might not be a high-scoring affair this weekend.
Louisville at Virginia
A team that is popular among Sun Bowl participant predictions is Louisville. The Cardinals stand at 2-1 and travel to take on conference opponent Virginia (2-1). Last season the Cardinals handled the Cavaliers, 38-21, but that was with quarterback and former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. This year, Malik Cunningham, who replaced Jawon Pass in the second quarter of the Western Kentucky game, will get the start on Saturday.
No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Wake Forest enters this week at 2-1, after losing to Boston College 41-34 last week. The Demon Deacons will host No. 8 Notre Dame, in what is the Fighting Irish’s first road game of the season. Notre Dame looks to remain undefeated after an impressive showing against Michigan in week one, and an eight-point win over Ball State, 24-16, which was followed by a five-point victory over Vanderbilt, 22-17.
Florida International (2-1) @ No. 21 Miami (2-1)
Pittsburgh (2-1, 1-0 ACC) @ North Carolina (0-2)
No. 3 Clemson (3-0) @ Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
No. 13 Virginia Tech (2-0) @ Old Dominion (0-3)
North Carolina Central (1-1) @ Duke (3-0)
NC State (2-0) @ Marshall (2-0)
UConn (1-2) @ Syracuse (3-0)
Visit www.sunbowl.org for a chance to win tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl. A team from the ACC/Notre Dame will take on a team from the Pac-12 on Dec. 31, 2018 at noon in El Paso, Texas.
By Michael Lujan on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Sept. 19, 2018
By Janyce-Monique Miller
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is excited to partner with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation presenting ‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’, Sept. 15-22.
The CFP Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the platform of college football to spread positive messages and promote a culture of giving. ‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’ is a CFP event that helps recognize, support, and celebrate all the amazing educators in our nation. This is the Sun Bowl Association’s first year partnering with the CFP Foundation.
“We believe we have some amazing and most caring teachers here in El Paso,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We wanted to make sure we took this opportunity to say, ‘thank you’ to all our teachers and honor a couple of individuals who deserve recognition.”
The Sun Bowl Association is honoring two teachers from the El Paso area who are recipients of the 2019 Teacher of the Year awards. Anna Peden, of the Clint Independence School District, and Eduardo Hinojos, of Socorro Independence School District, will be recognized on Dec. 31, 2018 during the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Game.
Ms. Peden has been an educator for 29 years and currently teaches fifth grade at Desert Hills Elementary school in the Clint ISD. Mr. Hinojos has been a teacher for ten years, teaching Government and Political Science at Americas High School in the Socorro ISD. Both Mr. Hinojos and Ms. Peden were selected out of 21 nominated teachers and received their awards at a ceremony that took place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the El Paso Convention Center.
‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’ is set for September 15-22, while Peden and Hinojos were presented with a certificate, t-shirt, gift card, and two tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game to honor and thank them for all that they do as educators. The Hyundai Sun Bowl will also recognize all teachers in attendance at the game.
For more information on ‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’ go to https://www.cfp-foundation.org/extra-yard-for-teachers/.
EL PASO, Texas – The 2018 Peter Piper Pizza Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick is set for, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. (MT) in Sun Bowl Stadium on the UTEP campus. The free event is open to youth in and around the Borderland.
Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (listed below) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking. Those interested in participating for this free event must register at any Peter Piper Pizza location in El Paso beginning September 11 through September 30.
All participants must bring their birth certificate and a signed parental waiver form (see below) to the stadium, and no cleats are allowed during the competition. If there are any questions or concerns about the competition, please call Jay Pritchard of the Sun Bowl Association at 915-533-4416.
“Since the NFL is no longer sponsoring this event, we will not be sending anyone to a Cowboy game but we will honor the winners at the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Parade and the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “We know and understand that the people of El Paso love football and this is an exciting opportunity for them to compete against other kids in the city.”
Registration forms can be found at all Peter Piper Pizza locations in El Paso and all participants must submit a signed parental waiver form at check-in on the day of the event as well. Parental waivers can be printed from the Sun Bowl Association website (www.sunbowl.org) or can be filled out on that day before the competition at Sun Bowl Stadium.
“We want to give back to the community, so we are partnering with the Sun Bowl Association for this wonderful event,” said Howard Smith, Vice President of Marketing for Peter Piper Pizza.
The first 500 participants to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free t-shirt (sizes are limited) and a water bottle. Price’s Creamy will provide refreshments for the participants.
After the competition is completed and the scores are totaled, the Sun Bowl Association will hand out first, second and third place medals to the top three finishers in each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the five age brackets. The first-place finisher in each of the boys’ and girls’ division from the five age brackets will be recognized at the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2018. Those first-place finishers will also receive two End Zone section tickets to the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, which is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2018 at noon (MT).
• The competition is open to all boys and girls ages 6-15. Boys and girls compete separately. The five age classifications are based upon the child’s age as of Dec. 31 of the current year.
• There is no charge to participate in the PETER PIPER PIZZA SUN BOWL PUNT, PASS & KICK.
• All participants must show proof of age at check-in between 4-5:30 p.m. (MT). Failure to provide a birth certificate or state or federal issued photo ID will result in that participant being ineligible to compete.
• Participants must register before the competition at any of the Peter Piper Pizza locations in El Paso.
• Check-in begins at 4 p.m. (MT) and end promptly at 5:30 p.m. Start time for the competition is 4:30 p.m. (MT) and ends at 7 p.m. (MT).
• Please be sure to check with your state Athletic Association to ensure that your participation in PPK will not affect your eligibility to take part in any other sports during the school year.
• All participants must submit a signed parental waiver form. Bring the form with you or sign up at the stadium on that day. There will be forms available when you arrive at 4:00 pm or can be printed off our website at www.sunbowl.org.
2018 Age Verification Chart (as of Dec. 31, 2018 as of 11:59 p.m. local time)
2012 & 2011 age 6/7
2010 & 2009 age 8/9
2008 & 2007 age 10/11
2006 & 2005 age 12/13
2004 & 2003 age 14/15
• No football shoes, turf shoes, cleats or bare feet are allowed. Only soft-sole gym shoes are permitted. Failure to wear gym shoes results in the disqualification of the participant.
• All equipment (other than shoes) needed for the competition will be provided.
• Participants who are 6-7 use a WILSON PEEWEE football. The 8-9 and 10-11 participants use a WILSON JUNIOR football. Participants who are 12-15 use a WILSON INTERMEDIATE football.
5230 E. Paisano
El Paso, TX 79905
119 N. Balboa Rd.
El Paso, TX 79912
El Paso, TX 79925
10501 Gateway West
El Paso, TX 79925
9450 Dyer Road
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5700 N. Desert Blvd
El Paso, TX 79912
1840 Lee Trevino
El Paso, TX 79936
11791 Gateway West Blvd.
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1800 N. Zaragosa Road
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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union have teamed up with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, Road Runner Food Bank of New Mexico and Town Square Media to feed the hungry in the Borderland. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at various locations throughout El Paso and Las Cruces from Sept. 10 through Nov. 5, 2018.
“FirstLight Federal Credit Union and the Sun Bowl Association recognized the need in our communities and have joined forces with Townsquare Media, the El Pasoans Fight Hunger Food Bank and Road Runner Food Bank of New Mexico to help satisfy that need,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.
Collection bins are located at all FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches in El Paso and the Sun Bowl Association office (4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100). There are also collection bins located at the three FirstLight Federal Credit Union locations in Las Cruces.
“It’s a privilege to give back to the communities that we serve, and by partnering with the Sun Bowl Association and Townsquare Media, we want to collect as much food as possible,” said Natalia Flores, Marketing Manager for FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “As we get closer to the holidays, we are asking the community to come together and donate to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank and Road Runner Food Bank of New Mexico, so they can give directly to those in need.”
Those donating can register to win a prize pack of four tickets to the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade breakfast and four tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl football game on Dec. 31, 2018 at noon (MT). Donors can register at any of the FirstLight branches as well as the SBA Office. The last day to donate and to register to win is Nov. 5.
FirstLight and the SBA encourages donors to “give the good stuff,” meaning that donations should include the type of food that have the most impact at a pantry—such as peanut butter, canned tuna fish, and canned vegetables—rather than less nutritious snack items or even simply those foods from the back of the cabinet that rarely get eaten.
Supporters and donors can keep up with the success and excitement of the FirstLight Sun Bowl Food Drive and all the efforts of all participants by following on Social Media (Facebook: Hyundai Sun Bowl & FirstLightFCU; Instagram: @HyundaiSunBowl and @firstlightfcu).
Non-perishable items only
Canned Meat (ham, tuna, meat spread)
Chunky Soups & Beef Stew
Macaroni & Cheese
Spaghetti Sauce (in a can)
Dry Cereal & Oatmeal
Rice & Beans
Canned Vegetables & Fruits
100% Fruit Juice (cans or plastic bottles)
“Sugar Free,” “Low Sodium,” & “No Salt” Items
Please, NO fresh fruit, vegetables or glass containers
Out dated, opened or damaged products are not accepted
FirstLight El Paso Branches
5050 N. Desert Blvd. 79912
9993 Kenworthy St. 79924
1555 N. Lee Trevino Dr. 79936
1635 Pike Rd. 79906
20727 Constitution Ave. 79918
2200 N. Zaragoza Rd. 79938
Sun Bowl Office
4150 Pinnacle St., Suite 100, 79902
FirstLight Las Cruces Branches
300 E. Foster Rd., Las Cruces, N.M. 88005
3105 Del Rey Blvd., Las Cruces, N.M. 88012
3791 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. 88011
EL PASO, Texas – Tickets for the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl will kick off at 12 p.m. (MT) Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. The Sun Bowl features teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.
Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link at www.sunbowl.org or by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416. Fans are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office in El Paso at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 to purchase tickets. Fans have already begun purchasing tickets and renewing their ticket plans.
“I am continually amazed that our local fans are so loyal to this longtime tradition and to see how excited they are every year to return to the Sun Bowl for great football games,” said Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Our game is an El Paso tradition and the prices for tickets are very affordable, especially when one compares it to other forms of entertainment.”
The Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticketmaster and fans can visit www.Ticketmaster.com, call the Ticketmaster toll free line at 800-745-3000 or download the Ticketmaster mobile app for both iOS and Android to purchase tickets. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will have additional handling and convenience fees.
Ticket prices start at just $22 with other options priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62. A map of the stadium’s layout can be found at www.sunbowl.org.
Fans can help send others to the game through our “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”
“As a non-profit organization we are always looking for ways to have others join us in giving back to the community,” Olivas said. “Our ‘Salute a Soldier Program’ and ‘Take a Child to the Game Program’ are two great ways to show love to the community we live in. The Fort Bliss soldiers who have received tickets in the past have been ecstatic and it’s always great to give tickets to children, especially as a Christmas gift.”
The “Salute a Soldier Program” allows fans and companies the opportunity to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory to last a lifetime. As a sponsor, you will give the soldier an opportunity to attend the game while your company is recognized during the game.
If a fan or company would prefer to take part in the “Take a Child to the Game Program” that person or company affords local children the opportunity to attend the Hyundai Sun Bowl. With the game falling only four days after Christmas, this would make an excellent Christmas gift. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience they will never forget. Along with the goodwill that comes with sending a child to the game, any person or company taking part in this program will receive recognition at the game. The Sun Bowl Association is happy to provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a connection with one in the community. Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing offices for details on the two programs.
This year’s game marks the 51st consecutive year the Sun Bowl has been broadcast by CBS, which makes it the second longest program on the same network on all of television only behind the Master’s.
Link to ticket information: http://sunbowl.org/tickets/sun_bowl.