Birmingham Bowl Preview History
2014 BBVA Compass Bowl Preview
The Houston Cougars will meet the Vanderbilt Commodores in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 4th, 2014, in Birmingham, AL. Legion Field will play host to for both school, coming from the SEC and AAC. The Cougars finished 8-4 this season, but could have done much better as they lost all four games by seven points or less. It was a step in the right direction for Houston, going through a down year after Kevin Sumlin led the school to a 12-1 record and a TicketCity Bowl appearance in 2011.
On the other side, Vanderbilt feels a little cheated in the bowl selection process and will have a chip on their shoulder to prove they were unrightfully passed over. Vandy had a big win over rival Tennessee and won last year’s Music City Bowl over NC State. The star on offense is Jordan Matthews, who has 1334 receiving yards on 107 receptions. It should be a good game for the teams as well as the fans in Birmingham.
2012 BBVA Compass Bowl Game Preview:
It's an SEC vs. Big East battle as Pitt takes on Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama on January 5th. One of the latest games in the bowl season, it will give Paul Chryst and Hugh Freeze time to prepare for each other's squad. Both teams are 6-6, but Ole Miss is coming off its biggest win of the season -- a 17-point thrashing of rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. The Panthers won their last two games of the season, including a 27-6 victory over #18 Rutgers. Pitt also narrowly missed out on beating #1 Notre Dame, losing to the Irish in triple overtime.
Both teams will be ready to go come January 5th, so check out some January college football and let TicketCity take you there!
2012 BBVA Compass Bowl Game Preview:
It’s a second straight bowl season in Birmingham, Alabama for the 6-6 Pittsburgh Panthers, as this marks consecutive years the team has played in the Compass Bowl. First-year coach Todd Graham is hoping that his team can reach the heights of a “high-octane” offense that he preached all year long, but the Panthers never realized. They will have to meet those expectations to beat the 7-5 SMU Mustangs, whose prolific offense has a 3,000 yard passer in JJ McDermott and two almost-1,000 yard receivers in Cole Beasley and Darius Johnson. It’s sure to be a legendary fight at Legion Field on January 7th–get your seats today!
2011 BBVA Compass Bowl Preview:
The Big East and SEC are going to be showcased in the BBVA Compass Bowl when the Pittsburgh Panthers and Kentucky Wildcats battle in Birmingham. The clash, which is the only game that Saturday before the BCS National Championship Game, is a highlight of some of the best individual talent in the NCAA.
Kentucky's season was a grab bag of highs (beating SEC-West Champ South Carolina) and lows (a 2-6 SEC record), but their resolve kept strong thanks to their top notch passing offense led by the duo of quarterback Mike Hartline and all-around player Randall Cobb. Hartline threw for over 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns, and Cobb—a supposed wide receiver—ran and caught 12 touchdowns and ranked second in the country with 2,192 all-purpose yards.
Pittsburgh's season has been mildly disappointing, considering their talent coming in to 2010. Running back Dion Lewis rushed for 956 yards and 12 scores while wide receiver Joe Baldwin's 15.6 average yards per catch have him mentioned aloud in the list of players headed to the NFL draft this year (along with Kentucky's Cobb). Their defense survived many injuries to reigning Big East defensive POY Greg Romeus, but with Hartline and Cobb attacking their 22nd-ranked unit, it will be interesting to see which unit will bring their team a BBVA Compass Bowl win.
2010 Papajohns.com Bowl Game Preview:
The 2010 Papajohns.com Bowl will be played at Legion Field in Alabama on January 2nd. The 2010 PapaJohn's Pizza Bowl will matchup the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Connecticut Huskies. Uconn is an up-and-coming program who wants to get a big bowl win and South Carolina has legendary Head Coach Steve Spurrier calling the shots. The 2010 Papajohn's Bowl should be one of the best games of the season. TicketCity is a sponsor of the 2010 Papajohns.com Bowl Game.
2008 Papajohns.com Bowl Game Preview:
The 2008 Papajohns.com Bowl game will be played in Birmingham, Alabama, marking the return of postseason college football since the All-American Bowl was cancelled. The Papajohns.com Bowl will feature the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. If neither of these conferences appear, a team from the Sun Belt Conference will fill the lineup. Grab some tickets to this exciting Papajohns.com Bowl game at Legion Field!