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Bowl Projections 2012: Pitt Projected To Face Kansas State In Pinstripe Bowl

The Pitt Panthers have yet to play their first meaningful game of the 2012 college football season, but CBS Sports has begun the process of putting out bowl predictions and the site has slated the Panthers to participate in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl which is played at Yankee Stadium:

Pittsburgh (No. 56 overall): Pinstripe Bowl vs. Kansas State, Dec. 29

With a new coaching staff and questions on the defensive line, the Panthers ranking at No. 56 overall is reasonable. Pitt is ranked ahead of Cincinnati (No. 58) and above SEC newcomers Missouri (No. 63) and Texas A&M (No. 64). If the Panthers face the Wildcats in the Bronx, the defensive line could be in for a test. Kansas State is led by a quarterback in Collin Klein, who accounted for 40 touchdowns in 2011. Klein is arguably one of the most underrated players in FBS.

Of course this is purely speculative as games still have to be played. The Pinstripe Bowl is one of the lesser postseason bowl games but it is in New York City which would make it much easier for Panthers football fans who've had to travel to Birmingham, Ala. the last two years for the BBVA Compass Bowl.

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