With the Big East and the Big 12 both affiliated with the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City, hope existed that the game would match long-time rivals Pitt and West Virginia.
Not quite. West Virginia got the invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium where it will play Syracuse on Dec. 29.
Pitt is going back to the BBVA Compass Bowl for the third straight year. Its opponent on the game to be played Jan. 5 at Legion Field in Birmingham will be Ole Miss (Mississippi). It was be a first-time ever meeting between the two schools.
Pitt is 6-3 and 3-4 in the Big East. Ole Miss is 6-6 and 3-5 in the SEC.
Last year, the Panthers lost to SMU, 28-6, in the Compass Bowl. They beat Kentucky, 27-10, two years ago.
“We've been given a great opportunity to play a quality program like Ole Miss,” Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said. “I know they finished the season strong and looked impressive in winning the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State. We are appreciative of the City of Birmingham and the BBVA Compass Bowl for giving us the chance to play one more game this season.”
According to reports, West Virginia was hoping for an invitation to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.
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