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Predictions 101 — BBVA Compass Bowl

Hugh Freeze AP

Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi
Sat., Jan. 5 – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Birmingham, Ala. – Legion Field

OK, there’s excellent barbecue. But the compass has led Pittsburgh (6-6) on its third straight trip to Birmingham. So much for the wide and varied bowl experience of Pitt’s seniors.

Actually, with the way Pittsburgh began (losing against Youngstown State, starting 2-4), any postseason game should be satisfactory.

The Panthers offer some real problems. Senior QB Tino Sunseri has thrown 270 consecutive passes without an interception. Senior RB Ray Graham has his first 1,000-yard season.

First-year Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst held things together during a rough start and the Panthers were terrific in the season’s second half. They should’ve defeated Notre Dame (29-26 loss in three overtimes). Their defense surrendered just nine points in the last two games.

Mississippi (6-6) needed a season-ending victory against Mississippi State to get bowl eligible, but the Rebels were awfully feisty in losses against good competition such as Texas A&M (30-27), Vanderbilt (27-26) and LSU (41-35).

Opening point spread: Mississippi by 2

The pick: Pittsburgh 35, Mississippi 20

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7 Responses to “Predictions 101 — BBVA Compass Bowl”
  1. bigdinla says: Dec 6, 2012 10:32 AM

    Wow! There is no way Pitt beats Ole Miss. Hugh Freeze and the gangs up tempo offense will eat Pitts defense alive.

  2. modellforprez says: Dec 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    yeeah buddy good looks.. word bond dunn. All Hail The Pitt!!! Tino S. 34-36 423 yards 4 tds. no pics. ray ray the grizzahm 28 rushes 234 yards. devin street 12 catches 188 yds. 2 tds. aaron donald 5 sacks andrew taglianetti 3 pic 6’s pitt 53 young miss. 3

  3. steakknives says: Dec 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    Pitt may win but I don’t see the margin being anywhere near15 points. Give the SEC a little credit, huh?!?!

  4. jc327 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:42 PM

    No, Pitt isn’t going to beat Ole Miss. Ole Miss is better than they look on paper. They are explosive as hell, only they do mistakes but they bounce back. Young, fast, playmaking team that’s hungry.

  5. hottytoddy8 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:47 PM

    Ole miss will blow Pitt out of the water. This game won’t even be close. Rebels will easily put up 45 on them. Look at their loses. 2 of them came against some of the best teams in the nation including LSU and Texas a&m and these teams had to beat them in the last seconds of the game.

  6. hottytoddy8 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    @steakknives “give the sec a little credit”
    The sec has proven to be the most elite best conference in the nation. It deserves all the credit in the world.

  7. pricecube says: Dec 29, 2012 11:05 AM


    You conveniently forget the Texas game. Ole Miss was blown out of their own stadium 66-31. UT could have easily hung 70-80 + points on Ole Miss. Texas is a mid level Big 12 team this year. I think any team in the Big 12 other than Kansas would have done fine in the SEC West. SEC surely did not look like “the most elite best conference in the nation” during that game. Sounds like Texas dominated Ole Miss in ways LSU and A&M (SEC elite) failed to.

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