Kentucky Wildcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Preview

by Larry Moon
(Nebraska)

2011 BBVA Compass Bowl


Kentucky Wildcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Kentucky has been a program trying to gain relevance in the SEC East. The window has been getting wider for the Wildcats with the decline of Florida and some middling Tennessee and Georgia teams. But a 2-6 conference record won’t get you very far in the end. What it does get you is an appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl against a Pittsburgh team that has to be furious.

The Big East was Pittsburgh’s to lose this season and seeing Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl in their place has to be disappointing. Nonetheless they will march into this game with their pride on the line and their eyes on Randall Cobb. The Kentucky receiver/running back is a factor in nearly every game he plays for Kentucky and can pick up big chunks of yardage. Kentucky didn’t lose a game outside the SEC all year. Those wins weren’t too impressive, though (aren’t they supposed to beat Louisville, Western Kentucky, Akron and Charlestown Southern anyway?). Pittsburgh didn’t win a big game all season, yet they’re good enough to win this bowl game.

Prediction: Pittsburgh over Kentucky

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BBVA Compass Bowl: Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh
by: Larry

Nah, Kentucky will take it.

Kentucky started the season with a lot of talk about finally making it to the SEC Championship game. This talk was not completely unfounded, as Florida was supposed to be on the downswing (though no one saw 7-5 coming in Gainesville), and Tennessee and Georgia both had severe questions about aspects of their teams. Unfortunately, Kentucky could not pull out the easier victories, and they struggled to beat anyone with a winning record, except for South Carolina. Randall Cobb carried this team with his great athleticism, and I look for him to break Darren McFadden’s record of all-purpose yards in the SEC during the bowl game.

Pittsburgh was on top of the world at the beginning of the season; they believed that they were a lock for a BCS Bowl and that they had a chance for even a National Title. Pitt did not perform up to its capabilities, and they ended up with a 7-5 record. Now, they are faced with their head coach leaving, and he is even thinking about leaving before the bowl game. This is a team that looks to be seriously hampered by the time this game comes around.

Like I said: "nah, Kentucky will take it."

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