The big BCS bowls get a break as the BBVA Compass Bowl will take center stage over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Panthers go up against the SMU Mustangs, in the otherwise less than glamorous bowl game.

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The BBVA Compass bowl oddsopened up with the Panthers listed as 5.5 point favorites. That number has plummeted two points and can be found as low as 3.5 points at several of the football

betting outlets online. The public consensus reports show that the 58 percent of the public is betting on Pittsburgh.

The Big East bowl favorites are 12-15-1 ATS since 2000 while Conference USA underdogs are 21-22-2 ATS, so with no impressive records for each conference, it’s time to look at the teams.

For Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri is under center and he brings experience with Pitt playing in its fourth straight bowl game. His main target is Devin Street and although the offense will not strike fear into any team, they are good enough to win.

Southern Methodist head coach June Jones is providing a big distraction for this team, as he was rumored to leave, but is still at SMU. The players seem less than motivated to play in a bowl game for a coach that could leave.

The sports betting college football trends favor Pittsburgh in this bowl game.

The Panthers are 10-2 ATS against a team with a winning record, 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games on field turf, and 5-0 ATS in the last five games overall. The Mustangs are 11-23 ATS in their last 34 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0, 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game, and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

The Panthers are ready to play in this game and will win big in this underrated bowl game.

BBVA Compass Bowl Pick Against the Spread: Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5

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