The 2013 Compass Bowl picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free bowl picks for all of the games on the schedule. Check out the Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
Compass Bowl Picks: Ole Miss Rebels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, January 5th, 1:00 ET
Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Compass Bowl Betting Odds: Ole Miss -3.5
Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh Live TV Coverage: ESPN
Anywhere but Birmingham. That’s pretty much what the upperclassmen were saying for the Panthers a few weeks ago when they made it to bowl eligibility with a 6-6 season. This is going to be the third straight year that U-Pitt has made an appearance here at the BBVA Compass Bowl, and the truth of the matter is that it really has to be a disappointing sight. We all saw last year just how interested the Panthers really were when they were smacked around 28-6 by the SMU Mustangs in a game that was truly never even all that close, and we can’t help but wonder if the team would rather just be sitting at home for the rest of the year instead of having to get ready for this bowl game against a physical Ole Miss outfit.
Meanwhile, there is no doubt that Ole Miss has been chomping at the bit to get on the field in this game, just like SMU was last year at the BBVA Compass Bowl. The Rebs were one of the best ATS teams in the nation in 2012 at 9-3 ATS, and they were fortunate to win six games in spite of the fact that they scheduled the Texas Longhorns out of conference and had the SEC West to contend with this year. The celebration was outstanding when the team clinched a bowl bid in the Egg Bowl against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and QB Bo Wallace was the leader of the pack. Wallace really improved all year long, and though he is just a sophomore, he threw for 2,843 yards with 19 TDs. He averaged 335.7 yards and eight scores in his final three games of the year, all of which came against big time bowl teams from the SEC.
That really makes this one simple. Forget about the fact that it’s the Big East against the SEC, something that should be a mismatch all the time (except for you, Florida Gators!). Forget about the fact that Ole Miss is the de facto home team in this game. And forget about the fact that one of these teams played a significantly harder schedule and didn’t lose to Youngstown State to start off the season. The bottom line is that the Rebs want to be here, and the Panthers don’t.
Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh Pick: Ole Miss Rebels -3.5
Compass Bowl Score Prediction: Ole Miss 31 – Pittsburgh 10