Quick Lane Bowl 2019: Pitt vs Eastern Michigan TV Schedule, Time and Odds Quick Lane Bowl: Pitt Panthers vs Eastern Michigan Eagles. Watch The 2019 Quick Lane Bowl is a college football bowl game that will be played on December 26, 2019, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST on ESPN.
The Pitt Panthers will meet the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. After a 7-5 regular season, Pitt has a postseason destination for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Granted, the Panthers have yet to win a bowl in three attempts under Pat Narduzzi.
Eastern Michigan hasn’t won a bowl since 1987, but the 6-6 Eagles are preparing for only the fourth postseason trip in program history. Chris Creighton has done a remarkable job turning a longtime MAC doormat into a perennial six-win contender.
Both programs are making their first-ever appearance in this bowl, and Pitt holds a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series.“I just want to send the seniors out right and do my job to help these guys win,” said Kessman. “It would be really special. We didn’t get it done against Boston College, which is a shame. But we’re going to get it done on Thursday.”
After suffering a 2nd half collapse in a season that looked headed for big things, others want redemption and a chance to shine one more time inn 2019.
“This is a crazy experience. On an NFL field, which kid wouldn’t dream of this?” safety Paris Ford said. “And it being named Ford Field, my last name is Ford. That’s pretty dope.”
Senior wide receiver Maurice Ffrench would like to earn the satisfaction of finally winning a bowl game.
“We’ve never won a bowl game since I’ve been here,” Ffrench said last week. “It would be the best feeling to win that game and end my senior year off right.”2019 Quick Lane Bowl Information
When: Thursday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (WatchESPN)
Odds: Pitt -11 (Caesars)
As usual, you never really knew what to expect from Pitt.
The reigning ACC Coastal champions began the season with a loss to Virginia, the eventual division winner. Following an uninspiring win over Ohio, Pitt fell to rival Penn State in head-shaking fashion when Narduzzi elected to kick a field goal while on the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter trailing 17-10.
On the bright side, the Panthers recovered with a dramatic upset of then-No. 15 UCF thanks to a trick-play touchdown. That victory sparked a streak of four straight one-score wins for Pitt.
However, close victories over Delaware and subpar ACC teams Duke and Syracuse didn’t inspire much confidence. The winning streak ended in a 16-12 loss to a flailing Miami squad.
Pitt bounced back to topple Georgia Tech and secure bowl eligibility, then added a triumph over North Carolina to reach 7-3. But the Panthers ended the regular season with a 28-0 shutout loss at Virginia Tech and 26-19 letdown to Boston College.
“I feel like we underachieved this season, tremendously,” senior linebacker Saleem Brightwell said after that loss to BC, per Alan Saunders of Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I feel like especially with the players we have and the staff, to be 7-5 this year, it’s a fall-off from what we should have been.”