The Ole Miss Rebels host the Vanderbilt Commodores in a battle of five-win teams, with the winner becoming bowl eligible The game in Oxford, MS will be carried by ESPNU at 6 p,m. central time.
When was the last year the Vanderbilt at Ole Miss game was as important as 2012?
Normally, this is an early-season matchup of teams permanently matched as cross-divisional rivals in the SEC, so the chances for this game to actually decide bowl placement have been few.
2008 was a banner year in the series, as both teams went bowling, Ole Miss to the Cotton and Vandy to the Music City, even though Vanderbilt won the head-to-head game 23-17 in September.
The last time Ole Miss played Vanderbilt in November was 1995, and Ole Miss needed the 21-10 win to get to six wins in the days of NCAA probation, but Vanderbilt was a two-win team at the time.
Maybe 1956 was the defining game in the series, as it was the last time both teams were ranked, as No. 7 Ole Miss defeated No. 13 Vanderbilt 16-0 on Mississippi soil.
Needless to say; this is a really important game, as both James Franklin and Hugh Freeze try to build programs in the always harsh environment that is the Southeastern Conference.