Yes, even if that means Detroit.
It now seems like a secondary cottage industry for pundits and commenters now exists to complain about the volume of bowls. More noise that eventually sounds like so much static.
I’ve long since stopped being bothered by the whole issue of bowls and the overwhelming volume. People show up to them. We watch them. The beat goes on.
Even when it comes to Pitt, given their 6-6 record — again. I’m at a point where I can’t get worked up over where they Panthers go for their bowl. At least they are going. At least they get the extra practices.
It’s not like Pitt deserves some nice bowl game after their regular season performances. In fact most of the outrage the last couple of years has been that teams just as undeserving have gotten incrementally better bowl bids. To the point where there is resentment at not getting the “Beef O’Brady Bowl” or something like that. And of course, repeated visits to Birmingham.
With that out of the way, I’m not concerned at the slightest possibility that Pitt gets left out of the bowls because there might actually be more qualified teams than bowls.
Pitt’s going. It won’t be a great bowl, but they are going.
Even as things stand, it seems unlikely that Pitt will get one of the ACC’s bowl spots. The league has a rule that bowls selecting may not reach more than one win down in conference standings. For example, at 3-5, Pitt could be picked ahead of any 4-4 teams, but not any 5-3 teams.
Because of this rule, the Panthers can be selected no higher than seventh in the bowl selection, and geographic placements of other teams (for instance, North Carolina going to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.) make it likely that they will be searching for a non-ACC bowl spot.
The final ACC pick is the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., but executive director Steve Beck told The Washington Post this week that if faced with the likely choice between Pitt, Maryland and Syracuse, the bowl likely would go with the Terrapins.
Most projections have the Panthers going to the Little Caesar’s Bowl Dec. 26 in Detroit. The bowl will not be able to fill its Big Ten spot, and executive director Ken Hoffman said he expects Pitt and Syracuse to be the teams still available after the ACC’s selection process.
A bowl game in Dallas is also a possibility.