By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pitt Panthers will play Southern Methodist in the BBVA Compass Bowl Jan. 7 at Legion Field in Birmingham.

The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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“You play an entire season to earn the opportunity for one extra game — a bowl game,” Pitt coach Todd Graham said. “Our team is excited for the chance to put that Pitt helmet on one more time for the BBVA Compass Bowl. Birmingham is a great college football town. We’re looking forward to our visit and playing SMU in front of a national ESPN television audience.”

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Pitt (6-6) played in the Compass Bowl last season and defeated Kentucky, 27-10. The Panthers have played SMU (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA) six times in school history, owning a 2-2-1 record.

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