El Paso Times - By Aaron Bracamontes - The buzz for the 80th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is off to a good start. This year's representative from the ACC, Virginia Tech, has a winning record and its fans are known for traveling with the team. Last year Georgia Tech came in with a 6-7 record.
The Pac-12 representative, UCLA, is ranked in the top 25 and, unlike USC last year, the Bruins appear to be looking forward to the game. And while fans of both schools admit that it was their goal to see their teams play in a Bowl Championship Series game, they do not want to take the Sun Bowl, or their opponents, for granted.
Roger McKee, vice-president of the UCLA Alumni-Arizona Network, wants his team to win the Sun Bowl and build on it. "We're disappointed we're not going to the Rose Bowl, but we are getting over it," he said. "Now we are looking forward to being in the Sun Bowl."
UCLA's Den, student cheering section, has plenty of songs and traditions during games including the 8 Clap and dislike for red shirts. They even made a YouTube video to encourage students to participate. "There is a lot of talk of UCLA making a run to win the National Championship next year."
And if Metallica's "Enter Sandman" is played before the game, Virginia Tech fans will begin to make the entire stadium jump up and down, Rippey said. "They have to play it," she said. "I've never been to a game at home or away where they didn't play it. So it is a must-play."
Of course there is the game itself. More