Good morning, Ole Miss fans.
It’s one day closer to the game everyone looks forward to and dreads all at the same time. Nevertheless, Saturday will come and go, and someone will come out on top. If it’s Ole Miss that walks away with a win, it will mean the Rebels are getting ready for an SEC Championship game or waiting to find out if the Sugar Bowl will be its postseason destination. If it’s Mississippi State that wins Saturday, things get a lot more cloudy for the Rebels.
Here are three things to know:
- Speaking of bowl games, this week’s projections are out. Most have the Rebels spending New Year’s in Orlando, Fla. at the Citrus Bowl. If that happens, Ole Miss will play two consecutive games at the Citrus Bowl since the Rebels open 2016 in Orlando against Florida State.
- A big factor in where Ole Miss will end up in the bowl season will be where the Rebels sit in the College Football Playoff rankings. This week, Ole Miss came in at No. 18. A win in the Egg Bowl could catapult the Rebels ahead of Florida, if the Gators lose to Florida State and/or Alabama, and into the driver’s seat for a Sugar Bowl berth.
- On the recruiting front, 4-star offensive lineman Trey Smith, a class of 2017 prospect, has deep roots in Alabama. However, Ole Miss is one of the schools in the running for the Tennessee native.
Other Ole Miss news from around the Internet
- Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Trophy, which is given each year to the nation’s best wide receiver. Treadwell, who is the Rebels first finalist for the award, leads the SEC in most statistical categories.
- There’s always a lot at stake when Ole Miss and Mississippi State battle on the football field, and this Saturday will be no different. Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger put the focus on the coaches.