Pitt is going back to BBVA Compass Bowl

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Pitt is going back to the BBVA Compass Bowl for the third straight year, making Birmingham its (almost) official home away from home. The Panthers (6-6) will take on Ole Miss (6-6) this time on Jan. 5, kicking off at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Pitt is 1-1 in its last two appearances in this game.

"We've been given a great opportunity to play a quality program like Ole Miss," coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. "I know they finished the season strong and looked impressive in winning the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State. We are appreciative of the City of Birmingham and the BBVA Compass Bowl for giving us the chance to play one more game this season."

"As we move another step closer to our future in the Atlantic Coast Conference, we are thrilled to be matched with Mississippi of the Southeastern Conference," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "While it is unusual to play in the same bowl three years in a row, we are excited to be facing a traditional program like Ole Miss. This game is held in a great football city and our hosts have already discussed giving our team some different experiences on this trip. We are proud of how our team finished the regular season and we're excited they can play one more game together."