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Bowl Preview: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State  (Sugar Bowl)

Two teams that ended the season on different side of the escalator in the New Year’s Day finale as Ole Miss meets Oklahoma
State in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl. Ole Miss opened the season with four straight win including an upset of Alabama before
getting dumped by Florida and stunned by Memphis. The Rebels won four of their final five with the only loss coming in the 53-52
“Hog Mary” overtime game vs. Arkansas. Oklahoma State opened with ten straight wins and had it’s ticket punched to the big dance
before back-to-back losses to end the season vs. Baylor and at Bedlam vs. Oklahoma. The Cowboys will look to rebound here to
avoid ending a pretty good season with three straight losses. The game opened Ole Miss -6.5 with the total set at 64 1/2. Rebel and
over money has the number at -7.5 and the total still heading north at 66 1/2. The Sugar Bowl is in the Super Dome so weather will
not be an issue.

Junior QB Chad Kelly runs the show for Ole Miss and many think that he’ll be playing on Sunday’s somewhere down the line. He
completed 65% of his passes for 3740 yards and a 27/12 TD/Int ratio. Kelly also rushed the football for 427 yards and 10 scores.
Jaylon Walton (690, 5 TDs) is the top back but the Rebels do the majority of their damage through the air with wide outs Laquon
Treadwell (72, 1086, 8 TDs) and Quincy Adeboyjejo (37, 581, 5 TDs). There are several other Ole Miss wide outs that have excellent
yards per catch numbers as the Ole Miss passing game has a down the field philosophy. The “Landshark” defense is one of the
top stop outfits in the country but will be without star pass rushing DE Robert Nkemdiche who has been suspended with legal issues.
The Rebs weakest link is the secondary and that will be look to be exposed by the Okie State passing attack.

Mason Rudolph (63%, 3591, 21/9) takes the majority of snaps for the Cowboys but J.W. Walsh has also gotten time and 13 of his 48
completions have gone for touchdowns albeit in a mostly mop up role. Walsh is a dual threat having rushed for 285 yards and 11 TDs
as well.  The OSU ground attack is ranked No.102 in the country and is led by Chris Carson’s 504 yards. The Cowboys have a trio of
talented wide outs in James Washington (52, 1077, 10 TDs), David Glidden (807, 3) and Marcel Ateman (696, 5 TDs). The Okie State
defense has been a problem checking in at No.76 nationally against the run, No.91 against the pass which translates into No.93 in the
country overall. The Cowboys give up better than 29 points a game forcing them to outscore people.

These two are not strangers as they have met twice in the last decade with Ole Miss beating Okie State twice, both time in the Cotton
Bowl. Ole Miss is the better balanced team with 27 rushing TDs and 31 TDs passing. Chad Kelly is the nephew of HOFer Jim Kelly
and the team as a whole will be taking this game very seriously after getting mauled in the Peach Bowl last year 42-3 by TCU. Rudolph
is probable for this game but the more versatile Walsh will see plenty of action. Both coaches have gotten the job done with OSU’s Mike
Gundy 6-3 straight up in his nine Bowls as coach of the Cowboys. The Rebs Hugh Freeze is 32-18-1 overall since taking over in Oxford.
Not sure that Ole Miss is a full touchdown better than Oklahoma State if both teams come to play but that is the primary factor in most
every Bowl.

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