Music City Bowl – Mississippi Rebels vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date and Time: Monday 12/30/13 at 3:15pm on ESPN
Game Line: Mississippi -3 (from JustBet)
Saturday’s Music City Bowl NCAA Football Analysis: Like Georgia Tech, Mississippi is seeking to end an up-and-down season in positive fashion at the Music City Bowl. The Rebels will also try to earn a school-record sixth consecutive postseason victory when they face the Yellow Jackets on Monday in Nashville. Ole Miss secured its second bowl appearance in as many seasons under coach Hugh Freeze with a four game win streak that started with a 27-24 upset of then sixth ranked LSU in October. The Rebels went on to drop their final two games, including a 17-10 overtime loss at rival Mississippi State late in November. Ole Miss started the season 3-0 capped by a 44-23 win at Texas in September before losing its next three games to SEC powers Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M. Georgia Tech also opened 3-0, including a 38-14 victory at eventual ACC Coastal Division champion Duke on Sept. 14, before dropping three in a row. The Yellow Jackets rebounded to take four of their final six, but the only victory in the final three games was a blowout of FCS foe Alabama A&M on Nov. 23. They blew a 20-point lead in a 41-34 overtime loss to rival Georgia the next week. Georgia Tech is appearing in a bowl for the 17th consecutive year but had lost a program worst seven straight before a 21-7 win over Southern California in last year’s Sun Bowl. The Yellow Jackets are making their first trip to the Music City Bowl, about 250 miles from campus. In its attempt at a school-record bowl win streak, Ole Miss will try to slow down Georgia Tech’s triple option. The Yellow Jackets ranked sixth in the FBS with 311.7 rushing yards per game, and that doesn’t bode well for a Rebels defense which surrendered an average of 188.4 against major conference opponents. On the other side of the ball Ole Miss will look to get the passing game going against a Georgia Tech team that is very strong against the run and very weak against the pass. Both of these teams strengths on offense are the oppositions defensive weakness and that usually bodes well for over bettors.
Mississippi vs Georgia Tech NCAA Football Picks: Georgia Tech +2.5 and over 56
Mississippi vs Georgia Tech Game Prediction: 38-31 Georgia Tech
What to expect in the 2013 Music City Bowl: On one side of the ball, Ole Miss likes to throw it and Georgia Tech has had a very hard time stopping the pass all season, worst in the ACC. On the other side, Georgia Tech’s tiple option while easy to prepare for, will wear down the Ole Miss defense and get stronger as the game goes on. Ole Miss is not very good against the run but the extra preparation time will slow Georgia Tech down for much of the first half before exploding in the second half and winning an essential home game late in the fourth quarter.