Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ole Miss-Oklahoma State Prediction: Cotton Bowl Preview

Ole Miss find themselves in a similar situation to last year trying to win the Cotton Bowl against the Big 12, but this time the Rebels are the favorite and expected to win.

Oklahoma State is the ranked team, but find themselves in the under dog role in the first Cotton Bowl played in the new Cowboys Stadium.

This game is also a rematch of the 2004 game that Ole Miss won in Eli Manning's career finale.

The Rebels have had a good season, but not as good as some hoped coming off a 9-4 campaign a year ago and a favorable schedule.

Ole Miss has been dominant again moving the ball is out gaining their opponents by 87 yards per game. Their undoing has been turnovers where the Rebels rank 106th in turnover margin.

QB Jevan Snead has struggled this year after a break out season in 2008. The junior has thrown 17 interceptions this year to 20 touchdowns.

This Cowboy offense isn't of the same breed as past teams who put up Play Station numbers, but they can still move the ball averaging nearly 400 yards per game again.

The Pokes are doing it this season much more on the ground than in years past led by Kendall Hunter.

The Rebel defense has a lot to prove after their last outing and I think they will be motivated to show that game was an aberration.

If Snead can hang onto the ball, I think the Rebel offense will be able to move the ball with relative ease against Oklahoma State and win in a shootout against the Cowboys.

Ole Miss 35 Oklahoma State 31

Some Cotton Bowl facts for ya...
Most Appearances: Texas - 22 (Texas A&M and Arkansas tied 2nd)
Most Wins: Texas - 11 (2nd - Notre Dame)
Most Losses: Texas - 10
Ole Miss Record: 3-1
Oklahoma State Record: 1-1

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