NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ole Miss Rebels will represent the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 16th annual Music City Bowl as they take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Kickoff will be Monday, Dec. 30 at 3:15 p.m. EST at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
Bowl Selection Committee Chairman Toby Wilt said, "Music City is a great destination and we’re confident that the teams and the fans will enjoy the wonderful hospitality for which Nashville is famous.
Ole Miss ended the regular season with a 7-5 record. The Rebels finished third in the SEC in passing offense with 285.6 yards per game and fifth in total offense. The high-powered passing attack is led by junior quarterback Bo Wallace, who ranked third in the conference in passing yards per game (257.5).
Cody Prewitt leads the Rebels defense, ranking first in the SEC with six interceptions. This is the second appearance in this bowl for the Rebels, and the team’s second straight bowl appearance. Ole Miss previously played in the 2000 Bowl game under David Cutcliffe, led by quarterback Eli Manning.
Among ACC teams, the Ramblin’ Wreck ranked first in rushing offense and rushing touchdowns (311.7 yards per game and 45 touchdowns, respectively), third in scoring offense (36.6 points per game), second in rushing defense (107 yards allowed per game), fourth in scoring defense (22.7 points allowed per game) and third in total defense (350.5 yards allowed per game).
The 2013 game marks the eighth consecutive Bowl matchup between the SEC and ACC in Music City. Last year, Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina State 38-24 in the first matchup between the two teams since 1946. This year’s game between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech marks the fourth time these teams have played. They first met in 1946, a game Georgia Tech won, and later met in 1953 in the 19th Annual Sugar Bowl Classic where Georgia Tech won 24-7. In 1971, the Rebels defeated the Yellow Jackets in the fourth annual Peach Bowl.
"We look forward to hosting the teams, fans, coaches and administrators from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech at our 16th annual Bowl, in a matchup that hasn't occurred since 1971. We are proud of our affiliation with the SEC and ACC and hope everyone from both schools will enjoy all that Music City has to offer over the New Year holiday," said Scott Ramsey, president and CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
The Congrove Computer Rankings project Georgia Tech as a 4.63-point winner.