By Chris Talbott/The Associated Press
Ole Miss will make a return trip to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, this time lining up against No. 22 Oklahoma State.
Bowl officials announced the pairing in a news release Sunday afternoon.
The Rebels (8-4) beat Texas Tech 47-34 last season, capping a return to prominence under coach Houston Nutt. It’s the first time Ole Miss has been to consecutive bowls since a streak of appearances from 1997-2000.
This will be the fourth straight bowl appearance for the Cowboys (9-3), who lost to Oregon 42-31 in last year’s Holiday Bowl.
The game will be a rematch of the 2004 Cotton Bowl. Eli Manning led the Rebels to a 31-28 win, passing for three touchdowns in his final college game.
While both teams are familiar with the bowl, it will have a very different look this year. The game will move from Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Read more about it in Monday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.