Compass Bowl pairs Ole Miss vs Pitt

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Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl.

The Panthers will face Mississippi on Jan. 5 in a matchup of 6-6 Big East and Southeastern Conference teams. Both are led by first-year coaches.

Pitt became bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season with Saturday's 27-3 rout of South Florida, rebounding after losing its first two games to Youngstown State and Cincinnati.

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Paul Chryst's Panthers also took No. 1 Notre Dame to triple overtime before losing.

Mississippi won its sixth game with a 41-24 upset of Mississippi State for their first Egg Bowl win in four years.

Rebels coach Hugh Freeze led a resurgence of a team with one Southeastern Conference win over the previous two seasons.

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