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2012 bowl game projections: Pittsburgh, West Virginia both projected for bowls

After knocking off Rutgers, Pittsburgh is back into the latest bowl projections.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

After defeating No. 18 Rutgers, the Pittsburgh Panthers are now just one win away from becoming bowl eligible. The Panthers need to go on the road and defeat the South Florida Bulls if they want to become bowl-eligible, but at least a few of the latest bowl projections expect them to do just that.

In his latest projections, ESPN's Mark Schlabach projected the Panthers to play Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Fellow ESPN projector, Brad Edwards, has Pitt playing in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. SB Nation's latest bowl projections have Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe bowl playing West Virginia.

The Pinstripe Bowl is a common projected destination for West Virginia, as CBS Sports' Jerry Palm also has the Mountaineers headed to the Pinstripe Bowl. Schlabach joins the other two projections in placing WVU in the Pinstripe Bowl while Edwards projects the Mountaineers to play UCLA in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl.

Pittsburgh and West Virginia will each play its final regular season game on Saturday, at which point the bowl projections will come into much better focus.

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