The Music City Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Mississippi Rebels Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/30/13
Mississippi Rebels (7-5) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5)
College Football: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm (LP Field)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +4 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
Storyline: This year’s Music City Bowl features an Ole Miss team seeking an FBS record six consecutive postseason victories pitted against a Georgia Tech side looking to end the season on a high after dropping two of its final three. The two will meet for the first time in 42 years.
The Breakdown: The Rebels opened the season on a roll, taking their first three games in decisive fashion and sending Texas into a tailspin after a 44-23 upset rout, in which Ole Miss flattened the Longhorns for 272 rushing yards. The Rebels would find themselves on the other side of the ledger in their next three, however, getting shutout 25-0 at #1 Alabama and dropping their next two at Auburn and #9 Texas A&M. Ole Miss rebounded nicely, though, with a four-game winning streak that was highlighted by a 27-24 upset of #6 LSU before closing the season with consecutive losses to Missouri and Mississippi State in the finale.
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The Rebels come in with a solid offense, ranking 24th best in passing yards (285.6), 43rd in rushing yards (187.4) and 59th in scoring offense (30.4 points per). Junior QB Bo Wallace (3,090 YDs, 17 TDs, 9 INTs), the SEC’s second-rated passer, will look to turn things around after throwing 0 TDs and 4 INTs in his final two regular season outings. He’ll be joined in the backfield by the RB committee of sophomores I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton and senior Jeff Scott, who combined to rush for 1,468 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wallace’s receiving corps includes junior WR Donte Moncrief (53 REC, 825 YDs, 5 TDs) and SEC freshman of the year Laquon Treadwell (67 REC, 557 YDs, 5 TDs). Defensively, the Rebels own the country’s 39th-ranked scoring defense, allowing 24.3 points per contest.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech’s path to the postseason was a virtual mirror image as the Yellow Jackets won their first three handily before a three-game skid and a winning-streak to follow. The Yellow Jackets also closed the season by winning just one of their final three games and dropping their finale 41-34 to Georgia in an overtime heartbreaker.
Led by sophomore senior RBs David Sims (846 YDs, 11 TDs) and Robert Godhigh (694 YDs, 6 TDs) Georgia Tech’s triple option attack produced the nation’s 4th-ranked ground game at 311.7 yards per contest and its 23rd-ranked scoring offense at 36.6 points per outing. Sophomore QB Vad Lee passed for 1,414 YDs and 10 TDs, while adding 489 YDs and 8 TDs on the ground. Godhigh also doubled as the team’s leading receiver with 21 catches for 420 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets rank 29th in scoring defense, allowing 22.7 points per contest and 9th in run defense at 107 yards per game. Senior DE Jeremiah Attaochu (12 Sacks), an All-ACC First Team selection, is one of this unit’s standouts.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup currently favors Ole Miss by 4 points with a 56 point total. The Ole Miss offense sputtered to the finish, putting up just 10 points in each of its last two, while Georgia Tech split its last two and put up serious numbers—a combined 971 yards and 100 points. On the flipside, if Bo Wallace is on, a Yellow Jacket pass defense ranked next to last in the ACC allowing 243.5 passing yards per outing shouldn’t be able to put up much of a fight. And the Rebels’ chances at stopping the triple option? They rank a middle of the road 9th in the SEC, surrendering 155.2 rushing yards a game. Sounds like a shootout.
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