Game Day: Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala., (71,594)

Kickoff: 12 p.m.

Television: ESPN

Radio: Ole Miss Network; ESPN Radio

Records: Ole Miss 6-6, 3-5 SEC; Pittsburgh 6-6, 3-4 Big East

Series: First meeting.

Coaches: Pitt – Paul Chryst, 6-6, first season at Pitt and overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 36-13, fourth season overall; 6-6 first season at Ole Miss.

Statistical Leaders: Pitt – RB Ray Graham 222-1,042 11 TDs. QB Tino Sunseri 240-for-361 passing, 3,103 yards, 19 TD, 2 INT. WR Devin Street 66 catches, 892 yards, 4 TD. S Jason Hendricks 73 tackles, 5 INT, 3 PBU. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 191-828, 6 TDs. QB Bo Wallace 213-for-336 passing, 2,843 yards, 19 TD, 15 INT. WR Donte Moncrief 60 catches, 948 yards, 10 TD. LB Denzel Nkemdiche 78 tackles, 12 TFLs, 4 FF, 3 INT; S Cody Prewitt 75 tackles, 5 TFL.

Trends: Ole Miss has won its last four bowl games and eight of its last nine.

Notes: Ole Miss ranks No. 13 with 21 bowl victories and is tied for 19th with 34 bowl appearances. … WR Donte Moncrief, a sophomore, is fifth on the school-record list with 14 career touchdown catches. … Moncrief has 334 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. … The eight rushing touchdowns by Bo Wallace are the most by an Ole Miss quarterback since Archie Manning’s 14 in 1969. … Hugh Freeze is the sixth coach in Ole Miss history to lead the Rebels to a bowl game in his first season. … Pitt is 12-2-2 against current SEC teams. … The Panthers are making their fifth-straight bowl appearance. … Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri has thrown 270 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest streak in the nation.

Summing it up: “The first SEC win woke up a lot of people like, ‘You know, we can do something,’ and after the Arkansas win we had confidence in ourselves, because it went down to the last second. Everybody kept playing, nobody blinked. That’s what woke up a lot of people like we could be a good team this year.” – Ole Miss tight end Ferbia Allen

Prediction: Ole Miss 26, Pittsburgh 20

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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