By Parrish Alford
Ole Miss closed the 2013 football season with a dominating performance at the home of the Tennessee Titans, and the Rebels will play along the Nashville riverfront again sooner than they might have thought.
Due to quirks in the remaking of the SEC schedule, Ole Miss will play at Vanderbilt for a second-straight season in 2014, and on Thursday officials from both schools announced the Sept. 6 game will be played at L.P. Field.
Kickoff time and television have not been announced. It will be the Rebels’ first SEC game of 2014.
The move means the Rebels will begin the season with back-to-back games at NFL venues. The Ole Miss opener is set for Thursday, Aug. 28 against Boise State in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
The Rebels defeated Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl, a game that attracted 52,125 fans to the 69,143-seat stadium.
Ole Miss opened the 2013 season with a 39-35 win over Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium before a sellout crowd of 40,350.
Jeff Scott’s 75-yard touchdowns run put the Rebels ahead with 1 minute, 7 seconds remaining and was one of the most electrifying plays of the year for Ole Miss.
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have not played off campus since 1966 in Jackson. Seven times previously, they played in Memphis.
The Rebels have played the Commodores each season since 1970 and have faced only Mississippi State and LSU more often.
Ole Miss leads the series 48-38-2. The Commodores had won five of the last six meetings before last season’s game, the sole Ole Miss win during that stretch a 23-7 victory at Vanderbilt Stadium in 2009.
Vanderbilt was 9-4 last year, 4-4 in the SEC, and will be in its first season under new coach Derek Mason, the former Stanford defensive coordinator.
Vanderbilt’s opener is scheduled for Aug. 28 against Temple.