Different paths

Oklahoma State and Ole Miss took different paths to the Sugar Bowl.

For the Rebels, last week was somewhat predictable. Their major hurdle was cleared last Tuesday when they passed Florida in the College Football Playoff committee rankings by a whopping five spots.

That left only for the Gators to lose to Alabama in the SEC championship game — not automatic but very likely — to clinch a spot in the Sugar Bowl for Ole Miss.

So the Rebels had an idea things would work out for them.

Oklahoma State did not have quite as much hope that it would land in a New Year’s Six game. The Cowboys were going to be the odd team out in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12, but three ways became two ways after Texas upset Baylor in Waco.

All that was unfolding early Saturday afternoon while Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had no cell service.

From the Mother Ship, coaches Hugh Freeze and Mike Gundy talk about their different paths to the Sugar Bowl.

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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