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Oregon vs. South Florida

Oregon vs. South Florida

74th Sun Bowl: Oregon (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10) vs. No. 21 South Florida (9-3, 4-3 Big East), 11 a.m. PT, Dec. 31, Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

Radio, TV: KXL (750 AM), KOIN (6)

• Jonathan Stewart remains mum on the subject of returning for his senior season. If the Sun Bowl is his last game, 'I think he'll go out in a big way,' Bellotti says. 'I think he'll play well either way. If I was a betting man or guessing on those things, I would guess he would be back next year, based on what I've heard from him and from others.'

• South Florida coach Jim Leavitt says it's tough to get noticed in Tampa Bay, with the NFL's Buccaneers around, but 'we had sellout stadiums -how do you get 67,500 and not be noticed? We were on national TV almost every game.

'It's a college football town - the Florida Gators are big, because South Florida never had football before. (South Florida) is one of the top 10 largest universities in the country, and it's growing. We'll get more alumni; there's probably 120,000 right here. We're getting noticed.'

• Leavitt shuns any talk that the Sun Bowl will be 'a letdown' for his team because the Ducks don't have QB Dennis Dixon. 'We know that's not all that Oregon has. You don't get to No. 2 in the country with one guy,' he says. 'We know Oregon's going to come with a full head of steam.'

- Jason Vondersmith