The 74th annual Sun Bowl pits USF against Oregon in a matchup of two teams that each spent time ranked No.2 in the BCS Standings.
Oregon (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10) was ranked No. 2 after starting the season 8-1. The Ducks have wins over five bowl-bound teams, including Michigan, USC and Arizona State.
USF (9-3, 4-3 Big East), was No. 2 when the 2007 BCS Standings debuted on October 14. The Bulls began the season 6-0 and have wins over five bowl-bound teams as well, including Auburn and West Virginia.
This is the fourth appearance in the Sun Bowl for Oregon, who last appeared in El Paso in 2003. The Ducks were also in 1999 and 1963 editions of the game.
This marks the 11th bowl appearance in 13 years under head coach Mike Bellotti, who is making his third Sun Bowl appearance, joining an elite group that includes Fred Akers (Texas), Mike Brumbelow (UTEP), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Hayden Fry (SMU and Iowa), Johnny Majors (Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee) and Joe Tiller (Purdue).
The Ducks currently rank 12th in the nation in total offense, averaging 462.1 yards per game. The Ducks are eighth nationally in rushing. Leading the Oregon attack is the nation's 10th leading rusher - Jonathan Stewart. The 5-11 junior has amassed a school-record 1,469 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns.
USF's George Selvie was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks award for the nation's best defensive end, and the Bronko Nagurski Award for the best defensive player.
Oregon QB Dennis Dixon was a Heisman finalist. Dixon will not be available to play after suffering a season-ending ACL injury.
CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 40th consecutive year, which is the longest running partnership between a network and a bowl game.