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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Brut Sun Bowl preview


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

A brief primer on today's Brut Sun Bowl:

What to watch: Pittsburgh nose tackle Rashaad Duncan boasted that his team's defensive line is better than anything Oregon State has faced all season. We'll see. The Beavers' offensive line allowed only 16 sacks all season despite passing more than 400 times. If quarterback Lyle Moevao has time to pick on the suspect Pitt secondary, that could be bad news for the Panthers. Watch how Pittsburgh tries to get pressure from its ends and star linebacker Scott McKillop.

Who to watch: Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Oregon State will be loaded up to stop the sophomore, but Pitt's offensive line has done a good job all season of creating just enough space for McCoy to do his thing.

Why to watch: This could have been a marquee running back matchup between McCoy and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers, who's injured and not expected to play. Still, it's an intriguing game between two high-scoring, young teams with lots of athletes. It's the perfect way to start your New Year's Eve party.