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Pitt football still has shot at bowl?

The Pitt football team still has a shot at a bowl game.

While I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not, I'm pretty sure it's a sign of how watered-down the bowls have become.

But, if the Panthers (5-6 overall, 2-4 in the Big East) beat South Florida (3-8, 1-5) on Saturday, they should be on their way to the prestigious BBVA Bowl or the granddaddy of them all, the Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl.

It's a game Pitt should win.

Which means it's very likely they'll lose.

I'm not sure how a losing record in the Big East should qualify any team for a bowl berth, but it does.

But I guess we should look at the bright side: a season that started with an embarrassing loss to Youngstown State could end up with a bowl trip, no matter what bowl it is.

At least that's some momentum to bring into the ACC.


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