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2012 college football bowl projections: Pittsburgh moves back into bowl projections

After back-to-back wins, the Pittsburgh Panthers are back in the bowl discussion.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

With their 47-17 win against Temple on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Panthers moved to 4-4 on the season and back into the bowl game discussion. Pittsburgh would need to win two of its last four games to secure a bowl game bid, but at least two college football analysts project them to do just that.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards both predict Pittsburgh to earn a bowl game bid. Schlabach projects the Panthers to play Tennessee in the BBVA Compass Bowl while Edwards has Pittsburgh projected to play Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The Compass Bowl bid is given to the No. 5 seed from the Big East while the Pinstripe Bowl is the No. 4 seed. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports did not project Pittsburgh to earn a bowl bid in his latest projection.

While Palm doesn't project Pitt to play in a bowl, he projects the West Virginia Mountaineers to play the Northwestern Wildcats in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Schlabach also projected West Virginia and Northwestern to meet in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl while Edwards projected the Mountaineers to play Stanford in the Holiday Bowl. The No. 5 seed in the Big 12 heads to the Holiday Bowl while the No. 4 seed slots into the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl.

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