This is the Panther’s 5th appearance in the Sun Bowl and after some good fortunes, things have gotten ugly in the last two appearances in sun city. The Panthers lost a historically ugly 3-0 game against Oregon State in 2008 and more recently lost to the Stanford Cardinals 14-13. The Panthers have momentum on their side though if they want to stop the Sun Bowl skid. Pitt has won four in a row going undefeated through November and still has a chance to get to nine wins on the year.
There will be numerous players who will need to step up for the Panthers with the opt-outs of the bowl from players that entered the portal and the draft. With players like Kedon Slovis, Israel Abanikanda, and SirVocea Dennis, along with most of the pass rushers and Brandon Hill, the Panther’s depth will be tested tremendously. UCLA on the other hand will have mostly all of their major contributors this season playing in El, Paso. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Zach Charbonnet will look to attack the largely inexperienced Pitt defense.
How to Watch:
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Radio: 93.7 The Fan & Pitt Panthers Radio Network
Odds: The Pittsburgh Panthers are currently 6-point underdogs at DraftKings. Odds/lines are subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
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