Music City Bowl pits Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech
The Mississippi Rebels will finish the season in the same place
where they started back in August.
The Rebels will play Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl on Dec.
30 in a pairing announced Sunday night. Ole Miss opened the season
beating Vanderbilt a couple miles from LP Field, home of the bowl
game. Now the Rebels are back in this bowl for the second time.
”We have one of the great bowl traditions in all of college
football, and I’m excited that we have earned a bowl berth in each
of our first two seasons,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. ”I
appreciate the unbelievable support Rebel Nation has provided our
team, and I look forward to seeing a sea of Red and Blue in
Ole Miss (7-5) finished on a two-game skid that dropped the
Rebels out of the Top 25 rankings. The Rebels played in the BBVA
Compass Bowl last season.
This will be the 35th bowl appearance all-time by Ole Miss. The
Rebels are 22-12, including last season when Ole Miss beat
Pittsburgh 38-17 at the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., to
cap Freeze’s first season.
The last time Ole Miss played in the Music City Bowl, David
Cutcliffe was the coach and Eli Manning was the Rebels’
quarterback. That’s the only bowl the Rebels have lost over the
past 10 bowl trips going back to the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
Ole Miss lost 49-38 to West Virginia in their first Music City
Bowl. These Rebels have plenty of Tennessee connections starting at
quarterback in Bo Wallace, a native of Giles County, and a running
back in I’Tavius Mathers from nearby Murfreesboro.
Rebels athletic director Ross Bjork said Ole Miss has 126,000
alumni within a day’s drive. Added to the Rebels’ season opening
win over Vanderbilt, he said Nashville is a stronghold for Ole
”We know our fans will continue our stellar reputation of
supporting our team and filling up LP Field,” Bjork said. ”Last
year was Lock the Legion and now we have the Music City
Georgia Tech (7-5) will be making its first appearance in the
bowl sponsored by Franklin American Mortgage as the Atlantic Coast
Conference’s representative. This is the Yellow Jackets’ 17th
straight bowl berth, tied for the second longest streak nationally,
and 42nd overall. They went to the Sun Bowl the past two seasons
and beat Southern California 21-7 last year.
”Ole Miss is a very talented football team and they are
well-coached, so we certainly have our work cut out for us,”
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. ”It should be an
entertaining football game.”
This will be the first game between these teams since 1971 when
Ole Miss beat the Yellow Jackets 41-18 in the Peach Bowl. Georgia
Tech won the other two games in this series in 1956 and at the 1953
Sugar Bowl, the last capping an undefeated season.
Georgia Tech has never played at LP Field, home to the NFL’s
Tennessee Titans, and the Yellow Jackets last played in Nashville
AP Sports Writers David Brandt in Mississippi and Paul Newberry
in Georgia contributed to this report.