Saturday, January 05, 2013

Bowl Season Predictions, Part 14

Saturday afternoon we have the BBVA Compass Bowl out of Birmingham, Alabama. The Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6) and Mississippi Rebels (6-6) kick it off at 1 PM. Mississippi is favored by 3 1/5 points in this one. 

Bo Wallace threw for 2,843 yards and 19 TDs for the Rebels but also tossed 15 INTs. Wallace has also rushed for eight touchdowns. Pitt yields an average of 196.8 passing yards with 13 interceptions compared to 12 touchdowns so expect Ole Miss to go heavily to the run. 

For the Panthers, Tino Sunseri threw for 3,103 yards and 19 TDs against just 2 INTS. Ray Graham carried the ball 222 times for 1,042 yards and 11 TDs. Graham also scored two TDs receiving.  Inconsistency, however, plagued the Panthers during the season. At times they looked like world beaters defeating then #13 Virginia Tech and taking #1 Notre Dame to triple overtime. They did put it together in their final two wins against Rutgers and South Florida to become bowl eligible. 

My pick: Pittsburgh

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