For the first time in 46 years, Ole Miss fans get to party in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.
That's thanks to Alabama's 29-15 win over Florida in the SEC Championship, which sets off a short chain of dominos that will end with the Rebs getting the conference's invite to the Sugar. The No. 2 Tide are headed to the Playoff, which means the next SEC team in the CFP top 25 gets to fill in for them in New Orleans. No. 13 Ole Miss was ranked five spots above the No. 18 Gators in last weeks' rankings and that gulf will only increase after Bama's route in Atlanta.
UPDATE: It's official, y'all.
Gimme some Sugar
Gimme some Sugar
Barring a typo by the committee, the Rebs will be in front of the Gators when the final rankings are released at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday. The bowl itself will be on Jan. 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Thanks to Oklahoma's impending Playoff invite and Baylor's bizarre loss to Texas earlier on Saturday, No. 17 Oklahoma State earns the Big 12's Sugar Bowl invite. This will be the third time since 2004 that the Rebs and Cowboys have met in the postseason -- Ole Miss beat them in the Cotton Bowl in Eli's last year and again in Houston Nutt's second season. OK State started the season 10-0 and climbed as high as No. 6 in the Playoff rankings before losing to Baylor and Oklahoma in the final two weeks of the regular season.
It's hard to overstate the significance of this bowl berth. 1) It's the second consecutive New Years Six bowl for a program that won two games just four seasons ago; 2) Ole Miss fans LOVE New Orleans; 3) this especially means a lot to an older generation of Ole Miss fans that grew up watching Johnny Vaught take the Rebels to the Sugar Bowl seven times between 1953 and 1964. The last trip came in 1970, when Ole Miss beat Arkansas with Archie Manning under center.
We'll have a lot more Sugar Bowl coverage in the coming hours, days and weeks, but until then, here's all the analysis we can muster: