In what would have been considered an upset early Saturday afternoon, Pitt is going to the Meineke Car Care Bowl after all, the Big East has confirmed.
Meineke officials had been leaning toward Rutgers and were said to be leery of the Panthers, but perhaps Pitt's strong performance in a losing cause changed their minds. Now it will be up to Pittsburgh fans to buy tickets to Charlotte and improve the program's reputation.
That wrinkle changes the Big East's pecking order. You can now count on Rutgers going to the St. Petersburg Bowl to play Central Florida. Connecticut will, in all likelihood, take the Papajohns.com Bowl slot against South Carolina. And that leaves South Florida heading north of the border to the International Bowl unless there's a swap with the Little Caesar's Bowl in Detroit.