Ed – We’re a little out of sync, we’ll get back into proper timing in the next couple days.
We’re just over two months from kickoff, putting us squarely on #63 – another beatdown of the Pittsburgh Panthers.
On September 18th, 1993, the 2-0 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against the 1-1 Panthers. Pittsburgh rolled into the game after a crushing 63-21 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech, and few were expecting much of a fight against the visiting Buckeyes.
OSU jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead in front of a crowd that seemed to be about one-third Buckeye fans. Butler By’not’e’s opened things up by returning the first kickoff 89 yards for a score. The Bucks then followed that up by scoring on their next four possessions.
Pittsburgh started to rally, closing the gap to 35-14 on the strength of the arm of back-up quarterback John Ryan. It was much too little too late for the hapless panthers as OSU’s offense cruised to the tune of 500 yards.
The Buckeyes ended the season 10-1-1, polishing off the lackluster year (we lost to Michigan, enough said) by beating the BYU Cougars in the Holiday Bowl 28-21.
The History: Formerly known as the Birmingham Bowl and the PapaJohns.com Bowl, the BBVA Compass Bowl takes place in Birmingham, Alabama. BBVA took over sponsorship of this game in 2010. The game usually puts a team from the SEC against one from the Big East, and this year is no exception with the Ole Miss Rebels taking on the Pitt Panthers.
Ole Miss Scouting Report: Ole Miss plays in the gauntlet that is the SEC. The Rebels lost six games this year, five of which came to teams which finished in the top 25 at the end of the regular season. Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace leads the Rebels’ offense as he threw for 2,843 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season. He also tallied eight rushing touchdowns on the year. 10 of Wallace’s touchdown passes were caught by big-play wide receiver Donte Mocrief, who averages nearly 16 yards per catch.
Pittsburgh Scouting Report: Pitt is no stranger to the BBVA Compass Bowl as this will be the third consecutive trip for the Panthers. Pittsburgh had to win its final two games (against Rutgers and South Florida) in order to become bowl eligible and the Panthers did that in dominating fashion. Pitt is led by quarterback Tino Sunseri who threw for 3,103 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season. The Panthers also have a solid ground game behind running back Ray Graham and his 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns.
tBBC “Expert Selections:
My Selection: Pitt finished the season strong, but ultimately I have more faith in a team from the SEC than one from the Big East, even after the meltdown by Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Ole Miss wins a close game, 31-24.
Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review.
1. Duke (12-0) Previous Rank: 1
Past Week: 12/29 Santa Clara, W 90-77
Upcoming: 1/2 @ Davidson & 1/5 Wake Forest
The Blue Devils pulled away from Santa Clara late and will open up ACC play this week against Wake Forest. Read More