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FAQ: BBVA Compass Bowl


The 2012 BBVA Bowl is just a day away. We're sure you have so many questions. We're here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Ben Glicksman's game preview.)

What's all this, then? We return once more to the scene of the late, lamented Bowl, still the only college football game to ever be named for a pizza chain's website.

Where will this game be played? Birmingham, Alabama's Legion Field.

Should I feel unsafe even setting foot in the stadium? Nonsense. I myself spent an entire football game there this season, and not a single piece of   concrete fell on my head.

But didn't you find a loose bolt just inexplicably sitting in your seat when you got there? I did, yes.

When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 7. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Whom does it feature? Typically, Big East versus SEC, with the MAC and C-USA as alternates.

What about this year? It's 6-6 Pitt versus 7-5 SMU! Have you chills, gentle readers? Are they multiplying?

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How excited is Pitt to be back in the BBVA Compass Bowl for a second consecutive postseason, with a second interim head coach? We're not sure numbers this minute can be measured by current blogging technologies.

Who will call the game? Mike Gleason, John Congemi and Eamon McAananey, bless their hearts.

Who or what is a BBVA Compass? "A Sunbelt-based financial institution with offices in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas." An early ancestor post of this series will answer any further questions you might have.

Wait, so why is the Sun Belt not in this bowl? Natural tie-in! We agree; this oversight is most distressing.

Enough about the football. What about the loot? Wee iBeats by Dr. Dre headphones await all participating players! (Just the earbuds. This ain't the Cotton Bowl, y'all!) And a commemorative football for every student-athlete who wants to remember this game forever. In related news, forecasts in Birmingham call for an unprecedented surplus of BBVA Compass Bowl commemorative footballs.

Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl. The game slogan reads as follows: "Southern Hospitality. Serious Football." We are not making that up.

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2011-2012 College Football Bowl Schedule