The Pittsburgh Panthers from the Big East conference will face the Mississippi Rebels from the SEC conference in the Compass Bowl in an NCAA college football game on Saturday January 5th. Kick off time from Birmingham Alabama is set for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The betting odds in the Compass Bowl opened up with the Mississippi Rebels favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 52 ½ points. Early money from the bettors has landed on the side of the SEC conference school as Mississippi is now favored by -4 points. The over under has moved down to 52 points.
Pittsburgh and Ole Miss have no recent head to head meetings on the college football field. CFB Trend: Pittsburgh Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their past six games.
The Panthers will compete in the Compass Bowl with a record of 6-6 on the season. The team is 2-4 away from home. Following a 24-17 road loss at Connecticut on November 9th the Panthers were sitting at 4-6. They proceed to win their final two games to earn a bowl berth. Pittsburgh has a notable home win against Rutgers and fought Notre Dame to overtime on November 3rd missing a chip shot field goal for the win. The team has a bad loss in week one losing 31-17 at home to Youngtown St an FCS school. With a mid-pack offense the Panthers excelled on the defensive side of the ball by allowing 325 yards a game good for 16th in total defense in the nation. They were a top 25 defense against the pass and run. Pittsburgh puts up 27 points a game and allows 19. Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri hit on 66% of his throws with 19 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
Mississippi will enter play with a 6-6 record. The team is 2-3 away from home. Ole Miss was good to bettors this season with an against the spread mark of 9-3. The Rebels have lost three of their past four games and needed a win on the final regular season game and they were successful in defeating Mississippi St 41-24 as a +1 point home underdog. Other than Mississippi St the Rebels wins came against the five downtrodden teams on their schedule. Their two other SEC conference wins came against Auburn at home and Arkansas on the road. They played Texas A&M to a three point loss at home. Ole Miss gave LSU a scare losing 41-35 as a +19 point road underdog. Mississippi both offensively and defensively were a mid-pack club as they are about average in every significant offensive and defensive phases of the game. They averaged 31 points a game and gave up 28. They did their best work in run defense allowing 134 yards good for 31st in college football. Teams threw for 250 yards against Ole Miss. Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace hit on 63% of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.