5 Reasons to Watch the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LP Field: Home Of 2013 Music City Bowl
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, held annually in Tennessee’s capital city of Nashville, will once again feature a Southeastern Conference versus Atlantic Coast Conference matchup for the eighth consecutive year at LP Field. This season’s installment will be kicking off at 3:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 30 and pit two of the streakiest teams in college football for the first time since 1971.
The Ole Miss Rebels, led by second-year head coach Hugh Freeze, earned their bowl bid by way of a 7-5 overall record. After a campaign that included winning streaks of three and four games, which sandwiched a mid-season slide against some of the tougher competition on the schedule, the Rebels head to the Volunteer State coming off of back-to-back losses to Missouri and Mississippi State.
Similarly, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will travel north to the Music City Bowl having turned in a 7-5 effort of their own. The Ramblin’ Wreck, as they are affectionately referred to by their most loyal of fans, likewise placed a three-game skid directly between two separate winning streaks. Failing to collect a victory against either of their top two rivals in Clemson and Georgia, the Yellow Jackets went 1-2 to close out the regular season.
Throughout its 15-year history, the Music City Bowl has typically provided great entertainment and a very competitive contest. Only twice has the game been decided by more than 14 points. The 2013 chapter should definitely live up to its predecessors. The following contains five pieces of evidence to support that notion.
Georgia Tech RB Robert Godhigh
With Godhigh it is fairly simple, the senior running back is Georgia Tech’s most explosive offensive player. Standing at just 5-foot-7 and weighing in under 190 pounds, the pint-sized dynamo rushed for 694 yards on a mere 69 carries during the regular season. In addition, Godhigh was the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver, finishing with 21 receptions for 420 yards on his way to becoming a 2013 All-ACC honorable mention.
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace
Wallace has been the starter under center for all 25 of Coach Freeze’s games at Ole Miss over the past two years. In that time, the senior quarterback has put up solid numbers in leading the Rebels to consecutive bowl invites. His 2013 campaign included 3,090 passing yards and 17 touchdowns compared to just nine interceptions. Wallace also put up an impressive completion rate of 64.4 percent.
Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu
A 2013 Second Team All-ACC and Third Team All-America Selection, Attaochu will be looking to make a point to NFL scouts in his last collegiate game. The senior defensive end has amassed 31 sacks in the four years he has spent at Georgia Tech, with a conference-leading 12 of those coming this season.
Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
Prewitt might just be the best player on the field for either team during the 2013 Music City Bowl. Just recently honored as both a First Team All-SEC and First Team All-America choice, the junior safety recorded 70 total tackles and led the Southeastern Conference with six interceptions this season. Georgia Tech does not put the ball in the air all that much, but Prewitt is capable of making an impact against any type of offense.
Coach Paul Johnson's Triple-Option Offense
Love it or hate it, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson always keeps things interesting with his triple-option offense. The Yellow Jackets have routinely finished among the national leaders in total rushing yards in every season of Johnson’s tenure. If the team is to attain the goal of back-to-back bowl victories, the ground game will almost certainly be the main reason.