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Pittsburgh Plays Third Straight Compass Bowl Odds

Written by Michael Gordon   
Friday, 04 January 2013 09:00

2013 NCAA College Football – BBVA Compass Bowl PreviewThe Pittsburgh Panthers played in the 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky and in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl against SMU. They'll make it three straight against Ole Miss.

2013 NCAA College Football – BBVA Compass Bowl Preview

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Ole Miss Rebels – Saturday, January 5

When venturing into the realm of sport betting online, you're going to find it hard to bet against

Ole Miss in this game. Various bookies in the United States will like the fact that the Rebels will enter this game on the upswing. Mississippi delivered a decisive win over in-state archrival Mississippi State in the game known locally as the "Egg Bowl." The Rebels were 5-6 entering that contest, meaning that they had to win that game in order to secure a bowl bid. The ability to win a rivalry game should make Mississippi confident enough in its own right.

The fact that the Rebels secured a bowl bid in a season when they were not expected to do anything should give them even more belief, even more of the psychological fuel that creates a steely competitor in football or in a contest as trivial as online poker.

 

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Recent BSNsportsblog.com reviews have reason to value the Rebels for a number of reasons that don't even relate to Mississippi, but to the weaknesses of Ole Miss' foe in this contest. One thing that can’t be overlooked going into the bowl season is that Pittsburgh does not have the full offensive arsenal it needs to win this game. When Paul Chryst was hired as head coach, it was expected that the Pittsburgh Panthers would be able to run the ball effectively. Why not? Chryst had always been able to run the ball spectacularly at Wisconsin and Ray Graham was in the stable as his main ballcarrier at Pitt, along with highly touted freshman Russell Shell. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Graham has had nagging injuries that have caused him to miss precious time, especially early in the season.

That forced Shell to be “the guy” much earlier than he was prepared for. As a result, the Pitt rushing attack ranks a subpar 87th in the nation (139.4 yards per game). The lack of a running attack has forced added pressure on a defense that’s been stout all year long. The glaring weakness is that the Panthers do not get after the quarterback, totaling just 20 sacks. They also have had plenty of crushing defeats, most notably a home loss to FCS-based Youngstown State and the heartbreaking loss at No. 1 Notre Dame. Anytime you throw a bunch of young adults into the fire and they see disappointment, you never know how they will react, but the chances are that the Panthers probably won't handle this bowl game very well. They can't feel very enthusiastic about returning to the same city they've played a bowl in for the past few years. The freshness of this experience will erode Pitt's enthusiasm. Therefore, take Ole Miss in Birmingham, Ala.

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