After a 600-mile journey for the featured SEC road game last week (Ole Miss at Texas A&M), we’re serving up a shorter journey for Rebels fans this time.
Ole Miss is visiting Nashville for a date with Vanderbilt in a game with bowl implications for both schools.
Our friends at Google tell us that it’s about 257 miles from the middle of Oxford to the Nashville area, and that it will take just shy of 4 hours.
Here’s the route:
Why the game could be good: Week 12 is time to start making bowl plans, but neither Ole Miss nor Vanderbilt has reached 6 wins and automatic bowl eligibility yet.
Ole Miss has 5 wins, so a victory Saturday night would seal a bowl berth. Of course, the Rebels still have another chance to pick up a win in the Egg Bowl next week.
The game is also a chance to check out the SEC’s next big thing: freshman quarterback Shea Patterson. He engineered a 23-point fourth quarter in his first career start last weekend.
Vanderbilt, on the other hand, has 4 wins. The Commodores need to win this game and the finale next week at home against Tennessee to hit win No. 6.
Five wins might do it because Vanderbilt’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) is so high. But that’s assuming there aren’t enough 6-win teams to fill 80 bowl slots.
It’s a waiting game Derek Mason& Co. would rather not play.
Stop for food: Jackson is a good spot to stop along the way if you decide that 4 hours in the car without a meal is just too long.
Not in the mood for pizza? Reggi’s BBQ & Wings might be a good alternative.
Yelp offers a few other suggestions, including Mexican and Indian restaurants. Coyote Blues looks intriguing, too.
What to see along the way: The Tina Turner museum in Brownsville sits in a former one-room schoolhouse that the singer attended as a child. You can check out some of her platinum and gold records and a few of her stage outfits. Admission is free.
Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum in Jackson is home to famous cars like the Bluesmobile, the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1 and the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo. Not a bad haul for a $5 admission fee.
What to do besides watch football: You may have heard that Nashville is home to a treasure of country music culture and history.
There’s more to Music City than just that, though, and the folks at NowPlayingNashville.com have a few suggestions for you.
If you haven’t been there, the Grand Ole Opry definitely is worth a visit.
Tailgating: Drop by “Vandyville” on Natchez Trace. It’s not the same sort of scene folks from Oxford might be used to, but it’s still a place to hang out before kickoff.
Parking: Read up on your options here.
Need a postgame bite or drink? Nashville has some great nightlife options for you, win or lose.