Pitt headed to BBVA Compass Bowl

Pitt is headed to the BBVA Compass Bowl for the second straight season. This year, the Panthers will play SMU of Conference USA on Jan. 7 in Birmingham.

The Panthers (6-6) became bowl eligible on the final day of the regular season, and are making their fourth straight bowl appearance.

This will be just the sixth meeting ever between Pitt and SMU, and the second in a bowl game. SMU defeated Pitt in the 1983 Cotton Bowl, 7-3. The all-time series is tied, 2-2-1.

"You play an entire season to earn the opportunity for one extra game — a bowl game,” Pitt coach Todd Graham said in a statement. "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."

Last year in this game, Pitt beat Kentucky 27-10 in an emotional game, following the firing of coach Dave Wannstedt. He did not coach the team, but the players came out and won it for him under acting head coach Phil Bennett.

Pitt will go into this game without co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee and two other assistants. All three left to pursue other coaching opportunities.