Wednesday, 2 PM: Pinstripe Bowl #22 Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
The Panthers were quietly extraordinary this season, racking up an 8-4 record against solid competition, including wins against the ACC champ Clemson and Big 10 champ Penn State. They can score at an absurd rate when they are rolling, as evidenced by their last game, a preposterous 76-61 victory over Syracuse. (76-61!) They've won three straight and six of eight and would love to further burnish their resume with another win over a Big 10 team. Northwestern, though just 6-6, will not be a pushover. They've been competitive in every game including losses to Ohio State and Wisconsin, and play stout, high-effort defense. They'll attempt to slow Pitt with a ball-control attack. If they can hold them under 35 they have an excellent chance of pulling off the upset.