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DAWG PREVIEW: SUN BOWL SHOWDOWN



The 2023 Sun Bowl features two established teams featuring revamped lineups due to transfers and the draft status of numerous players. With the #19 Oregon State Beavers and #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish missing their starting quarterbacks and numerous other players for the 2nd oldest Bowl, (after the Rose Bowl) get more Sun Bowl information here.


Broadcast Info:

Date/Time: Dec 29, 2023 at 2 PM EST

Location: El Paso, TX at Sun Bowl Stadium

TV: CBS

On the Call: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

Radio/Streaming: Notre Dame at 960 AM WSBT

Oregon State at 1240 AM KEJO



What's at Stake?

For both teams, the 90th edition of this ACC vs Pac-12 rivalry will be the last, not of the Sun Bowl, but for the Pac-12. The Oregon State Beavers are playing for not only bragging rights but auditioning for a conference home as the Pac-12 is alive, barely. For Notre Dame, salvaging a disappointing season in which aspirations of a National Championship evaporated early may be assuaged with Freeman's first 10-win season.


Transfers - Notre Dame

WR Chris Tyree

WR Rico Flores, Jr.

TE Holden Staes

OL Joey Tanona

DL Aidan Keanaaina

CB Ryan Barnes

S Ramon Henderson

S Antonio Carter, II


Transfers - OSU

TE Jack Velling

QB Aidan Chiles

QB DJ Uiagalelei

CB Jermod McCoy

P Josh Green

DL Isaac Hodgins

LB Calvin Hart Jr.



Key Players - Notre Dame

QB Steve Angeli 19/25 for 272 yards, 1 INT and 4 TDs

RB Audric Estime 210 carries for 1341 yards, and 18 TDs

LB JD Bertrand 72 Total, 37 Solo, 35 AST, 5 TFL, and 3 Sacks

S Xavier Watts 47 Total, 29 Solo, 18 AST, 2 TFL, and 7 INTs


Key Players - Oregon State

QB Ben Gulbranson 1/1 for 6 yards

WR Silas Bolden 51 Rec for 718 yards and 5 TDs

LB John McCartan 45 Total, 28 Solo, 17 AST, 6 TFL, and 5 Sacks

LB Andrew Chatfield Jr. 27 Total, 18 Solo, 9 AST, 7 TFL, and 9 Sacks



Sun Bowl - Prediction

In what is sure to be a battle of depleted rosters, with nary a starting QB to be found, this could shape up to a game of "who wants it more". Initially, Notre Dame showed more promise by retaining their 1000+ yard rusher (OSU lost theirs to disciplinary reasons), however, a review of the history shows the Beavers up 2-0. The last two meetings are the 2004 Insight Bowl (38-21 W) and the 2000 Fiesta Bowl (41-9 W) which will make things interesting. ESPN has OSU with a 34% chance of victory and a look at the computer prediction models has several of them trending towards Notre Dame. Oregon State, as a remaining member of the PAC-2, is hungry to show the world, and their new coach (Trent Bray) what they are made of, look for the Beavers to have a sloppy victory.


OSU 30 - Notre Dame 23

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