Kentucky Wildcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Preview
by Larry Moon
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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