PITTSBURGH — The Pitt Panthers (7-5, 5-2 Big East) have accepted an invite to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl Jan. 8 in Birmingham, Ala. against Kentucky (6-6) at Legion Field.

The game is going to be nationally televised on ESPN and will start at noon.

From Pitt’s press release:

“We are extremely pleased to host the University of Pittsburgh in this year’s game,” said Mark Meadows, Executive Director of the BBVA Compass Bowl. “We congratulate Coach Wannstedt and his team on winning a share of the Big East championship. We look forward to having the Panther fans in Birmingham with the opportunity to experience some great southern hospitality during their stay.”

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to represent the Big East Conference in this year’s BBVA Compass Bowl,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. “The city of Birmingham has done an exceptional job growing this game into a great event. We look forward to some tremendous southern hospitality and the chance to square off against an SEC opponent in January.”

“What a tremendous opportunity our football program has in playing an SEC team on ESPN in this year’s BBVA Compass Bowl,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “I know our team is excited about the challenge. We appreciate the invitation to play in Birmingham and look forward to a great experience on and off the field.”

The game is Pitt’s third straight bowl appearance and 27th in program history. Pitt has tickets and travel package information online at PittsburghPanthers.com.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog

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