OXFORD – Ole Miss could be headed to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic for a second consecutive year.
The school had received no official word on its bid Monday, said athletics director Pete Boone, but media reports had the Rebels lined up for Dallas.
Ole Miss, which finished its season 8-4, should know something official later today.
ESPN’s Ivan Maisel sent out a Twitter message reporting that Ole Miss is headed to the Cotton Bowl, and the Tulsa World reported that the Rebels will meet Oklahoma State in the Jan. 2 game.
A meeting is set for noon today for officials representing the Bowl Championship Series games – the Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar bowls – to discuss potential lineups. Non-BCS games typically fall in line soon after the the BCS schedule is complete.
There was unconfirmed word of discussions between the Outback and Cotton bowls that would have swapped Ole Miss and Tennessee.
The top two SEC teams go to the BCS and Capital One Bowl. After that, the Cotton Bowl has the first pick from the SEC Western Division, the Outback Bowl the first pick from the Eastern Division.
Tennessee did not play in a bowl game last year but was in the Outback Bowl the two previous seasons.
A trip to the Cotton Bowl would be the third in seven seasons for Ole Miss. The Rebels won 31-28 against Oklahoma State after the 2003 season and 47-34 against Texas Tech after last season.
Overall, the Rebels are 3-1 in the Cotton Bowl, having defeated Texas Christian University 14-13 in 1956 and losing to Texas 12-7 in 1962.
Oklahoma State, which was in line for a possible BCS berth before losing 27-0 on Saturday to rival Oklahoma, is the likely Cotton Bowl entry on the Big 12 side, the Tulsa report said.
The Ole Miss-Oklahoma State game would mark the first Cotton Bowl played in the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Ole Miss-Texas Tech matchup was the last Cotton Bowl to be played in the historic stadium that bears the event’s name.
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