Monday afternoon (3:15 pm ET) bowl game action features the University of Mississippi Rebels (7-5) of the SEC taking on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5) of the ACC in the Music City Bowl at LP field in Nashville, TN. Ole Miss lost their regular season finale to then 8th ranked Missouri 24-10 at home, but the Rebels still managed to win 4 of their final 5 games. Georgia Tech lost their regular season finale to in-state rival Georgia 41-34 at home, but the Yellow Jackets won 4 of their final 6 games overall with the other loss coming against then-8th ranked Clemson on the road 55-31 in week 12.
Ole Miss ranks 21st nationally in total offense with 473 yards per game and 59th nationally in scoring offense with 30.4 points per game. Quarterback Bo Wallace has thrown for 3,090 yards with 17 TDs and 9 INTs this season, and he is capable of causing problems for a defense with his legs as well with 269 yards and 4 TDs on the ground. Receivers Donte Moncrief (53 receptions, 825 yards) and Laquon Treadwell (67 receptions, 557 yards), the SEC Freshman of the Year, are emerging as dangerous receivers for the Rebels. Ole Miss ranks 44th among FBS teams in total defense with 376.5 YPG allowed and 41st in scoring defense with 24.3 PPG allowed.
Georgia Tech ranks 40th nationally in total offense with 440.7 yards per game and 22nd nationally in scoring offense with 36.6 points per game. The Yellow Jackets feature a triple-option offensive attack under Head Coach Paul Johnson with quarterback Vad Lee (1,414 yards passing, 10 TDs; 489 yards rushing, 8 TDs) serving as the trigger-man. Backs David Sims (846 rushing yards, 1 TDs), Robert Godhigh (694 rushing yards, 6 TDs) and Zach Laskey (458 rushing yards, 7 TDs)all tote the rock for GT. Godhigh (21 receptions, 420 yards) also serves as Lee’s primary target when the Yellow jackets go to the air. Georgia Tech ranks 21st among FBS teams in total defense with 350.5 YPG allowed and 30th in scoring defense with 22.7 PPG allowed. All-ACC defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu tallied 12 sacks, and has 31 career sacks to rank #1 in Georgia Tech history.
Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Ole Miss Rebels -3
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +3
Over 56 (-110)
Under 56 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Ole Miss vs Georgia Tech Pick
Ole Miss will be going for a school-record 6th consecutive post season victory, and are 9-1 I n their last 10 bowls including a 38-17 win over Pittsburgh in last year’s Compass Bowl. Georgia Tech is appearing in a bowl game for the 17th consecutive season. Ole Miss is facing Georgia Tech for the first time since a 41-18 win in the 1971 Peach Bowl. The Yellow Jackets have won 2 of 3 all-time match-ups. The Rebels are 22-12 all-time in bowl games, while Georgia Tech has a 23-18 all-time bowl record.
The Yellow Jackets ranked 6th among FBS teams with 311.7 rushing yards per game, while Ole Miss allowed 188.4 rushing YPG against major conference opponents. Ole Miss has been in a funk offensively, scoring only 20 points total in their final 2 games. As a triple-option team, Georgia Tech is a tough team to prepare for and defend; they should cause some problems for an Ole Miss defense that struggled to defend the run this season. Georgia Tech has a solid defense, and their offense can control the clock and keep Wallace and the Ole Miss offense off of the field. The Yellow Jackets have the type of team that is capable of springing an upset here, and the call here is to take the underdogs. Take Georgia Tech here.