Rebels and the Music City Bowl

If there is something that would upset the apple cart for Ole Miss and the Music City Bowl, it would be if a bowl ranked higher among the SEC tie-ins viewed the Commodores as an attractive option and made them their pick.

If the Commodores were to find their way to the Gator Bowl, that would push Georgia down in the pecking order, most likely to Nashville.

Here’s what Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey had to say on the question of Georgia as an option in Nashville.

“I can say from our perspective, we try to consider everything. I know Rick (Catlett) at the Gator Bowl well. They have a lot of the same mission points that we do. You try to put the best matchup you can on the field for two or three things, for the energy and enthusiasm of the fans that want to be in the city, to the national media platform to showcase the city with the highest ratings possible for your sponsor. Sometimes a regional team fits the bill better. Sometimes a non-regional team fits what you want more than a local team. I’m sure Vanderbilt will be well-vetted from all the bowls, and we’ll see where the decision falls.

He continued: “If that happens, I fully expect … I can’t fathom that Texas A&M would fall to our mix, but if Vanderbilt is selected by Atlanta or Jacksonville, Texas A&M or Georgia would be teams that would fit with us.”

In Nashville, James Franklin’s calls for sellouts of 40,550-seat Vanderbilt Stadium have gone unheeded.

From an attendance standpoint, Vanderbilt drew only 33,488 fans for Kentucky and 33,019 for Wake Forest, the Commodores’ two remaining home games after they had so thoroughly defeated Florida in Gainesville.

Bowl bids go out on Sunday.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    December 2, 2013
    cbssports,com is projecting Boston College vs. Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl.
    Danny Boy & TSBU will get their treat in Birmingham per cbssports,com :))

  • Lee814

    According this article, the Gator Bowl is not even thinking about Vanderbilt. It has either A&M (if the Chick Fil A were to choose Georgia) or Georgia. They consider either team to be a win for the Gator Bowl. That would seem to bode well for OM in Nashville, because the Music City has made it pretty clear that they don’t want home town Vanderbilt a second year in a row.

    • Parrish Alford

      I think it plays out with Ole Miss in Nashville. Hope so. After 10 night kicks I’m all about the 2 p.m. start. I’d like to see the Predators too.

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