Ole Miss was ranked as high as No. 3 at one point this season, but the Rebels lost three of their last five games of the year. However, the Rebels did end in-state rival Mississippi State's chances at making the College Football Playoff, and can win 10 games with a bowl victory...so where could Ole Miss end up playing?
TaxSlayer Bowl (SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten)
Sat., Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. ET
This isn't a bad consolation prize for Ole Miss, though there are other bowl games they'd rather go to. The Rebels would still get a chance to face a good team from another power conference and play in Florida, which isn't a bad deal. Maryland and Minnesota are the likely opponents here, with Louisville also a possibility.
Outback Bowl (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
The Outback Bowl is the strongest available bowl for SEC teams that don't make a "New Year's Six" bowl, and Ole Miss will have a very strong case for inclusion. That being said, Missouri, Georgia, and Auburn are all candidates - but the Rebels have the best team of that group. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska are the likely opponents here.
Cotton Bowl (At-Large vs. At-Large)
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Depending on how the College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings play out, the Rebels will likely find themselves in the top 11, meaning they'd end up in one of the "New Year's Six" bowls. The Cotton Bowl makes the most sense among those options for them given their location and large fan following Should Ole Miss make it, they'll probably face Baylor…but Michigan State is also a possibility.
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