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Compass Bowl Matchup


The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Kentucky Wildcats will square off in the Compass Bowl, as both teams look to end the season on a winning note.  The latest college football odds for this bowl game as posted by Skybook have Pittsburgh listed as 3.5 point favorites with the total set at 52. 5
Kentucky will be without their quarterback for this game as Mike Hartline was arrested and then suspended for the bowl game by head coach Joker Phillips. Hartline is coming off his best season as a starter for Kentucky, completing 66% of his attempts for 3,178 yards and 23 touchdowns. He will be allowed on the field as a special consultant, but will not see any playing time.
Dave Wannstedt is no longer the coach for the Pitt Panthers after he resigned in what really was a firing. The Panthers are still in search of a replacement as they kick off the Compass Bowl. On the field both teams have impressive players that can change the game.
Pittsburgh has a solid ball carrier in Dion Lewis who has gained 956 rushing yards and scored 12 touchdowns on the season.. He shares time in the backfield with Ray Graham, who gained 832 yards and eight touchdowns. Tino Sunseri is under center and very capable of moving the offense and finished with 2,476 passing yards and 15 touchdown passes.
The best player on the Wildcats without a doubt is Randall Cobb. He led the team in receptions with 79 for 955 yards and second in rushing yards, gaining 401 yards on the season. On the ground Derrick Locke was the leader in rushing yards with 816 and 10 touchdowns. The offense is the strength of the Wildcats even without Hartline under center.
Both teams have some positive trends heading into this game.
The Wildcats are 3-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five neutral site games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games. The Panthers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and 6-2 ATS in the last eight games as a favorite.
The SEC and the Big East always field great teams and should provide for an entertaining bowl game.