If the memory of a 3-0 final score still wakes you up at night in a cold sweat, I’ve got some bad news.
According to a report from KTSM.com’s Colin Deaver, Pitt is one of the two ACC teams in consideration for playing in the 2022 Sun Bowl.
“In the Pac-12 there’s still some scenarios that could possibly happen, but I think it’ll come down to UCLA or Oregon State and in the ACC it’s Pittsburgh or Duke,” Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas told Deaver. “It’s looking like we’ll have at worst a 9-3 team from the Pac-12 and at worst an 8-4 team from the ACC which would be one of the best matchups we’ve had in years.”
The Sun Bowl is pitted between an ACC team, with it being the conference’s fifth choice bowl, and a Pac-12 team, which ranges from the conference’s fourth through eighth choice. The two teams that will play in this season’s Sun Bowl will be decided on Sunday following this weekend’s conference championships.
Of course, Pitt and the Sun Bowl have history.
Pitt’s first appearance in the Sun Bowl occurred back in 1975, a 33-19 win over Kansas in which Tony Dorsett, Eliot Walker and Robert Haygood each racked up 100 yards on the ground.
Pitt made it back once again in 1989, although it was called the John Hancock Bowl, knocking off Texas A&M 31-28. Alex Van Pelt threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns in an MVP performance.
The most recent appearance wasn’t all that long ago, appearing in the 2018 edition — a 14-13 loss to Stanford following an ACC championship game loss to Clemson.
But the only Sun Bowl that will draw an audible reaction is the 2008 Sun Bowl. A 3-0 monstrosity in which Oregon State and Pitt combined for five turnovers, 20 punts and just one field goal — on a botched snap.
Pitt managed just 178 yards of offense in the game — 91 of which came from LeSean McCoy.
While Pitt is clearly in consideration for the Sun Bowl, it’s not a sure thing. Pitt has also been linked to the Fenway Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl, the Gator Bowl and the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.
The Sun Bowl is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas.