Any hope of a Pacific-10 team's appearance in this year's Hyundai Sun Bowl was dashed when the NCAA denied Arizona State's appeal for bowl eligibility Friday and when Oregon manhandled Oregon State on Saturday.
But according to a source close to the Sun Bowl, something golden might be headed our way.
The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that Miami, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, has expressed great interest in making its first visit to El Paso if Notre Dame is waiting for it on the opposite sideline. The Fighting Irish have told the Sun Bowl that they'd commit to being in El Paso on New Year's Eve if Washington beat Washington State and if Connecticut beat South Florida on Saturday night. Washington held off its Apple Cup rival 35-28 and Connecticut made a 52-yard field goal with 17 seconds left to beat South Florida for its first Big East title.
The dominoes fell the Sun Bowl's way. Will Notre Dame play along?