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How to watch No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Penn State: Kickoff time, TV schedule and streaming options

Which team will cement itself as a top ten team this season?

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Mississippi Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

When the regular season ended, I hoped for an Ole Miss vs. Penn State matchup in a bowl game, because it seemed like the best way to build the program’s resume and set up for a massive 2024 season.

That’s what bowls are really all about in the grand scheme of things - yes, it’s a celebration of a good to great year for the fans and players. But with the players returning to Ole Miss, this game could be a precursor to set expectations for next season as the national media already begin hyping a top 12 Ole Miss team.

For Penn State, there is little doubt the Nittany Lions fans will bring a “blue blood” vs. “little school” mentality to the stadium. While it’s been more than 35 years since its greatest seasons, its football program has been more of a consistent winner the last 30 years compared to the Rebels. So the swagger is somewhat warranted, and it will be interesting to see which fanbase fills the most seats on Saturday.

In my opinion, the Rebels have to score early and then build a sizable lead to win this game. PSU does not look equipped to come back from 17+ points down outside of Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions have one of the best defenses in the country, and this could be one of the greatest challenges Lane Kiffin and the Rebel offense have faced this season.

For the 71,000+ in attendance, it should be a memorable game either way. Kiffin has brought Ole Miss to its second New Year’s Six bowl in three years, and it is truly one of the most successful three year stints in program history.

Tee the damn ball up, let’s see what the Big Ten is made of, cheers and Hotty Damn Toddy!

How to watch

Who: Ole Miss vs. Penn State

When: 11 a.m. CT, Dec. 30

Where: Mercedez Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN