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GEORGIA TECH vs. MISSISSIPPI
Monday, Dec. 30, 3:15 pm
ESPN The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is going to feature two teams who have had their fair shares of ups and downs this year, but the most important thing is that they are both bowl bound and are playing for a bowl game win here. Both the Ole Miss Rebels and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finished up this year at 7-5 overall, but they didn't get their in the same way. It's an SEC vs. ACC match-up, and much of the talks this year in bowls are going to be about the strong SEC, and seeing exactly how the non-top SEC teams do against out of conference opponents here.
Both of these teams averaged 30+ points per game, as Ole Miss put up 30.4 points a game, and Georgia Tech was able to put up 36.6 per game. The two team defenses were pretty even though, as Ole Miss gave up 24.3 points per game, which is solid against a strong SEC, and Georgia Tech gave up even fewer points at just 22.7 points per game. It'll be interesting to see if the two defenses can stand up against some solid offensive play.
Ole Miss had three losses in a row to Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M, which are all incredibly tough games, and they lost their final two games to Missouri, and Mississippi State in overtime. Outside of the Bama' game though, Ole Miss really had a shot at winning each of the other games.
Georgia Tech had a similar spot where they lost to Virginia Tech, Miami, and BYU for three in a row earlier in the year, and lost two of their final three games to round out the season. The final two losses came against Clemson and Georgia, which were two games that were definitely two of the toughest on the schedule.
Ole Miss Passing vs. Georgia Tech Rushing
Two completely different styles of play here to be honest. The Rebels come into this game with the 25th ranked passing offense in terms of yards per game, as they average 285.6 yards per game with quarterback Bo Wallace. In terms of running the ball though, that is absolutely a huge strength of the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech is 5th in the country in rushing at an impressive 311.7 yards per game. The different styles of play should be fun to watch.
I expected this line to be right about where it's at, with Ole Miss being a field goal favorite on most sportsbooks. I dont think I will have a closer game in the entire bowl season and if a game could end in a tie I wouldn't be surprised if this was the game. No idea at this point and the game may be one of the few games that I dont have an idea when the game starts either. We shall see. The Rebels passing game may be too much for Georgia Tech and that the Ole Miss defense will be able to slow down Georgia Tech's rushing offense, and it'll lead to a Rebels victory but right now and that is my only fear. I am going to stick with the Underdog and go for a ride with Georgia Tech and buy another point.
GEORGIA TECH +4
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