Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3)
Friday December 30th at 2:00 EST
After posting an 8-4 regular season, Pittsburgh heads out to El Paso, TX as 5.5-point underdogs to play in the Sun Bowl against 18th ranked 9-3 UCLA. The Panthers will be missing several starters for the Sun Bowl clash, including starting QB Kedon Slovis and leading rusher Israel Abanikanda.
Pittsburgh enters their bowl game riding the coattails of a four-game winning streak featuring home wins over 20th ranked Syracuse and Duke alongside road victories over Virginia and Miami.
After starting the season 6-0, UCLA struggled over their final games with a 3-3 record. UCLA’s last three wins came against unranked teams, although they did defeat Pac-12 champ Utah 42-32 in the middle of the season.
The Sun Bowl visit represents UCLA’s first bowl since 2017, a long break for a storied college football program. Bruins average over 500 yards in total offense per game, good for 3rd best among BCS teams in 2022.
Both teams are missing key players due to departures via the transfer portal with Pittsburgh starting their backup QB, Nick Patti, after Slovis transferred to BYU after the regular season ended.