Birmingham, AL plays host to the Compass Bowl on January seventh with the Pittsburgh Panthers facing the Mustangs. The Panthers come in following the one-year Todd Graham experiment at head coach. After taking the head coaching job at Arizona State, Graham resigned his post on December 14th. Defensive Coordinator Keith Patterson will don the headset for the Pittsburgh Panthers in this clash of titans. SMU comes into competition with the specter of the “Death Penalty” handed down in the 1980’s still being discussed today. Former Nfl and Hawaii coach June Jones is currently in his fourth year on the side lines of Southern Methodist University. The betting line has this established at Pittsburgh (-3) with an over-under of 47 points. Check the College Football Odds for the Compass Bowl Game.
Pittsburgh comes into play with a 6-6 record and also a 4-3 record in the Big East. They’ve had one contest against a rated opponent winning vs #16 South Florida 44-17 on September 29th. Pittsburgh’s offense puts up 25.8 points per game with their defense giving up 22.4 points per game. Junior Quarterback Tino Sunseri comes into the competition with 2,433 passing yards plus a passer rating of 124.8. Junior RB Ray Graham has totalled 958 rushing yards and 9 + Tds so far this year. Sophomore Wide receiver Devin Street is Sunseri’s favorite target catching 48 receptions with 2 Touchdowns. Junior WR Mike Shanahan is an excellent second target with 35 receptions and 4 Touchdowns. Start your College Football Betting action on the Compass Bowl game.
SMU comes in competition with a 7-5 record plus a 5-3 record in Conference USA. They’ve gone 1-2 against ranked foes this year, winning over #20 TCU and losing to #8 Texas A&M and #11 Houston. The Mustangs offense averages 25.7 points per game while giving up 24.5 points per game on defense. Relying on the run-and-shoot offense to put up big numbers in offense, June Jones has traditional had pass-heavy teams in the past. This SMU Mustangs squad this season has a 1,000 yard rusher, unusual in the Jones’ process. Senior Quarterback J.J. McDermott with 3,182 passing yards and 16 touchdowns buoys the passing game. Junior Running back Zach Line has had an excellent season with 1,224 rushing yards and 17 Touchdowns. Junior WR Darius Johnson with 72 catches and 998 receiving yards and senior Wide receiver Cole Beasley with 79 catches and 954 receiving yards steady the SMU Mustangs receivers.
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