The 2013 season was a roller coaster season for second-year head coach Hugh Freeze. After going on several winning and losing streaks, the Rebels won seven of the first ten games, only to lose the final two against Missouri and Mississippi State.
You might call this year a sophomore slump as Freeze hopes another round or two in recruiting will have Ole Miss back as a perennial top 25 team.
Similarly, Georgia Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to hit a wall in the passing game. This team relies heavily on the triple option as QB Van Lee was only able to pass for three touchdowns over the last nine games. The final game with Georgia, even in a loss, should give Tech plenty of confidence that they can play well with an SEC opponent.
These two teams were founding members of the SEC but have only played each other three times, with Ole Miss winning the last matchup in the 1971 Peach Bowl. The Music City Bowl is a preview of the future matchups between the schools in 2017 and 2018.
Continue reading as we evaluate the individual units in this rare meeting between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.