Monday, December 30, 2013

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Music City Bowl

One of these teams will have an Achy Breaky Heart, but they'll be in Nashville so that's acceptable.

The When/Where:

Monday, December 30th at 3:15 p.m. EST. LP Field. Nashville, TN. ESPN

The Who:

Ole Miss Rebels (7-5, 3-5 SEC) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5, 5-3 ACC)

The Why:

The Music City Bowl is brought to you by some random mortgage company.  It started in 1998 and at the time it seemed strange to have a bowl game in Nashville. It’s grown on me though with the SEC and now the ACC sending nearby teams. I’m hip to it, as its within driving distance and just a fun pre-New Year’s game. Also, I watch the ABC show, Nashville, wait, was that out loud?

Ole Miss has been here once before in 2000. The Rebels picked up wins this year against Texas and LSU. They lost to Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Missouri and then Mississippi State in OT.

The Yellow Jackets finished tied for 2nd in the ACC Coastal. They beat Duke, but lost to Miami, Va. Tech, Clemson and Georgia in OT.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:

Head Coach Paul Johnson runs an option attack in Atlanta. It averages over 311 yds/game on the ground, good for 5th nationally in rushing and averaging 36 ppg. Tailback David Sims is the main threat with 11 tds and a 5.6 yard average. If the Jackets throw it, they are in trouble. They rank 121st in passing with 11tds and 11ints.  The Ramblin Wreck defense is 9th against the run and bad against the pass.

Ole Miss is more balanced on offense. Overall they are 22nd in the country and average 30 ppg. Bo Wallace threw for 3,000 yards, 17 tds, 9 ints. Hugh Freeze’s defense did not play the run well, giving up 188 yards/game on the ground.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:

I’ve always wanted to go tailgate at The Grove. My guess is that the tailgating at Georgia Tech ain’t bad either.

I also love old-school option football. More teams should run it.

However, where else can you say Hotty Toddy?

The Vegas Edge:

Mississippi is three-point favorite. Georgia Tech is 0-4 as an underdog this year. The over/under is 57.5.

The Sweatpants Verdict

I love the option. It’s a potent offense that can give defenses fits. The problem comes when teams have more than a week to prepare for it.  If you have the athletes on defense you can learn to stop it. Mississippi has had a problem stopping the run in the SEC. 

Mississippi 31  Georgia Tech 28.

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