Prospect Preview: BBVA Compass Bowl

The Panthers will need everything they can get out of Ray Graham in this one (Photo: US Presswire)

By BBD Editor Mike Watkins

The BBVA Compass Bowl is a matchup of 2 teams meeting for the first time in their schools history. Pittsburgh meets Ole Miss in what should be a decent matchup for people who need a football fix waiting for the BCS title game Monday night.

Ole Miss has an attacking defense that actually ranked 6th in the nation for tackles for a loss. The defense while young got better and better as the year went on and was a key part in them upsetting rival Miss St on the final week of the year to make them Bowl eligible

Pittsburgh is a pesky team that when they show up can be a really tough out, just ask Notre Dame. They have a good ground game led by RB R.Graham who will have to be on for Pitt to pull this win out.

Pittsburgh
#87 Michael Shanahan WR 6’4″ 222
Big physical WR who has good body control. The Bills lack the big WR that teams like to have around the End Zone and Shanahan could fill that role as a late round sleeper. He for the most part has good hands and will make the amazing catch but then drop the easy one. With his raw ability he’s worth a look

#1 Ray Graham RB 5’9⅜” 186
#54 Chris Jacobson OG 6’1¾” 306
#39 Kevin Harper PK 5’9⅝” 172
#75 Ryan Turnley OC 6’5¾” 324
#12 Tino Sunseri QB 5’11⅝” 218
#83 Hubie Graham TE 6’0½” 235
#18 Jarred Holley S 5’8⅞” 189
#52 Zenel Demhasaj OT 6’4⅞” 337
#5 Cameron Saddler WR 5’5¾” 162
#41 Andre Taglianetti S 5’9⅜” 186

Ole Miss
#99 Gilbert Pena DT 6’2½” 334
Pena is a guy who teams like using late draft picks on. He has good size for the position and he’s a worker. He’s the type of player that is worth a look in TC to see if he has anything that you can develop. The Bills are set at starting DT’s but it would be wise to start looking at some depth sooner rather than later.

#97 Tyler Campbell P 6’1⅞” 228
#76 Aaron Hawkins OG 6’2½” 320
#90 Thomas Brown OT 6’9¾” 378

Prediction: Ole Miss 16-13, I think they are the younger hungrier team of the two

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