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.
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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