Although they had one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory for a non-powerhouse college football school, the Ole Miss Rebels have to wait a year or two before those recruits can make a serious impact. Ole Miss finished the season with two straight losses and a 7-5 overall record.
On the other side of the field, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had the same type of season as Ole Miss had. After winning their first three games of the year, the Yellow Jackets then lost three straight before winning another three. However, they lost two of their final three games to finish the year 7-5.
Ole Miss has an above average offense that is led by quarterback Bo Wallace who has led the Rebels to the 24th-best passing offense in the nation. Wallace has passed for an impressive 3,090 yards and 17 touchdowns, hitting his favorite target, Donte Moncrief, 53 times for 825 yards and five touchdowns. Ja-Mes Logan ranks second on the team in receiving, catching 44 passes for 583 yards and three scores. The rushing attack doesn’t have a clear front-runner as there are five guys who have over 250 yards rushing.
Georgia Tech is known as a running team as evidenced by its ranking of sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game while struggling in the pass game, ranking 118th with just 129 pass yards per game. This team will run it down opponent’s throats, starting with running back David Sims who has 846 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year while quarterback Vad Lee has 489 yards and eight scores while passing for another 1,414 yards and 10 scores. There have been 12 different players who have rushed for over 100 yards on the season — combining for 45 touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, Georgia Tech has been solid this season. Ranking 30th in both points allowed and yards allowed per game, the Yellow Jackets are a model of defensive consistency. Ole Miss hasn’t been quite as impressive, ranking 41st in points allowed per game as well as 50th in yards allowed per game.
Ole Miss and Georgia Tech will meet for the 2013 Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., at 3:15 p.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 28. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Ole Miss 27, Georgia Tech 21
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