With the Sugar Bowl finally official for Ole Miss the stat of the night was one of five.
The Rebels are just one of five schools to make a repeat trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
In the shifting landscape of college football and its postseason, New Year’s Six is the new New Year’s Day. Playing on Jan. 1 used to carry special status. Now lots of bowls play on Jan. 1, but playing in one of the bowl games that are set by the College Football Playoff committee carries more meaning.
The five who can now claim that for each of the first two years of this new arrangement are Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan State and Ole Miss.
That was a talking point for Ole Miss officials earlier this evening, but the talking didn’t stop there.
Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork is very excited about where the football program is right now, but this is not the goal, he says.
“Look at the national landscape. We are one of only five that are making repeat trips to a New Year’s Six bowl game. That’s great company to keep. It validates that we are a relevant program. It also says we have work to do. We did lose three games. We have high aspirations here. We believe we can win championships. Until you get to this stage you can’t take that next step. It validates that we are on the right track. We’ve built a ton of momentum around our program from recruiting to playing at a high level to coaching to facilities and fan base. We’re growing every single day. Every metric within our program is on the way up. It’s another indicator that we are another relevant national quality program.”