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Pitt's chances in today's Brut Sun Bowl will likely hinge on how well quarterback Bill Stull plays, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Will that happen? Even Dave Wannstedt doesn't sound too sure.
"I hope so, and I really wish I could tell you," Wannstedt said. "His arm is rested, I can tell you that; I just hope his mind is rested as well, but I just don't know."
Wannstedt says his slow start as the Panthers coach may be "a good omen" after early success at his NFL coaching stops led to doom and gloom, Kevin Gorman writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The El Paso Times' game preview focuses on the line play for each team. The same paper talks to Sun Bowl president Bernie Olivas, who dropped this nugget when asked about the future of the game after its contracts end in 2009:
"Everyone wants Notre Dame, including ourselves. If we renew our contract with the Big East we would want Notre Dame included in that and if Notre Dame continues to be a part of the Big East's bowl teams, we will keep looking at that."
• The Charleston Daily Mail's Mike Casazza analyzes West Virginia's 2009 prospects and finds that the Mountaineers have a lot of holes to fill, but a lot of talent as well. He includes this interesting prediction about the team's offense next year:
"The option will be just that and the pass will have to do just that. They'll try to incorporate the tight end and the quirky H-back. They'll go away from two-back sets in the shotgun and move toward four and five receiver sets as a staple. Newcomers will have to not only play, but make a difference."
• Bill Parcells and Cris Carter paid visits to Cincinnati's practice on Tuesday, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
• Can Rutgers carry its momentum into 2009? A lot depends on the decision by Kenny Britt and whether the Scarlet Knights can find a suitable successor to Mike Teel, Tom Luicci writes in the Star-Ledger.