Pitt jumps back to the BBVA Compass Bowl
College Football Videos
Pitt lost as many games as it won.
The Panthers were ineligible for a bowl game until Saturday, when they defeated Syracuse, 33-20.
In the end, that's the baggage Pitt must tote to the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., for the second consecutive season, where it will meet Southern Methodist of Conference USA. The game will be played at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at Legion Field.
The Panthers (6-6) accepted the bid Sunday night. The bowl has a $1.925 million total payout.
Pitt officials were in discussions throughout the day with officials from ESPN and the other, richer bowls with Big East ties, but the Pinstripe ($3.6 million), Belk ($3.4 million) and Liberty ($2.875 million) chose schools with better records.
Rutgers (8-4) will play Iowa State in the Pinstripe at Yankee Stadium, Louisville (7-5) will meet N.C. State in the Belk in Charlotte, N.C., and Cincinnati (9-3) will face Vanderbilt in the Liberty in Memphis, Tenn. West Virginia (9-3) earned the conference's BCS bid and will face Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Pitt also had interest in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl ($1.075 million) in St. Petersburg, Fla., because the Panthers have never played in that game. But that bowl has a contract with Conference USA and opted to select Marshall to pair with Florida International. The result is that Pitt will play in the same bowl in two consecutive seasons for the first time.
All things considered, coach Todd Graham said he is happy to take his team to a bowl game in his first season. In the past 25 years, only Graham and Walt Harris have done that.
"You play an entire season to earn the opportunity for one extra game — a bowl game," Graham said. "Our team is excited for the chance to put that Pitt helmet on one more time for the BBVA Compass Bowl. Birmingham is a great college football town."
The Panthers defeated Kentucky, 27-10, last year, helping draw a crowd of 41,207, the second-largest in the bowl's six-year history.
Southern Methodist (7-5, 5-3) finished third in Conference USA's West Division, closing 2-4 after a 5-1 start. The Big East is 5-0 in the BBVA Compass Bowl, but Pitt is the first school to make a repeat appearance.
BBVA COMPASS BOWL
PITT (6-6) vs. SOUTHERN METHODIST (7-5)
When/where: 1 p.m., Jan 7, Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
TV/radio: ESPN, KDKA-FM (93.7), Pitt Radio Network
Payout: $1.925 million (total)
Scouting SMU: Quarterback J.J. McDermott, 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, threw for 3,182 yards with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. ... SMU was 5-1 at midseason before losing four of its final six games.
Ticket information: Telephone the Panthers Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT. The ticket office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets and travel packages can also be purchased online. Go to "Bowl Central" at www.PittsburghPanthers.com
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin not grooming successor to RB Williams
- Christmas comes to Westmoreland County in many ways
- 11 more artist-designed bike racks from Cultural Trust line Pittsburgh streets
- Thanksgiving by the numbers
- McIntyre students hope Buddy Bench is beneficial to all
- Penn State coach Franklin calls for patience
- House Republicans call for refugee limits in spending bill
- North Hills businessman’s secretary pleads guilty, says she helped him hide $27M from IRS
- Pitt’s Dixon monitoring minutes
- Will Europe man up?
- Review: Quantum’s ‘Chickens’ raises risk-reward ante