The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets face the Ole Miss Rebels in Monday's Music City Bowl. Television coverage of the game starts at 3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Georgia Tech (7-5, 5-3 ACC) is making its first appearance in the Nashville-based bowl game. The Yellow Jackets' option offense has generated 311 rushing yards and 36.6 points per game this season. Georgia Tech has struggled against top competition, though: The Yellow Jackets are 1-5 against FBS teams that finished with a winning record.
Ole Miss (7-5, 3-5 SEC) dropped its last two games of the regular season, including a 17-10 overtime loss in the Egg Bowl to rival Mississippi State. The Rebels lost their only other appearance in the Music City Bowl, falling to West Virginia in the 2000 edition of the game.
Rankings and records: Both teams enter the bowl game with 7-5 records and unranked in the polls. Georgia Tech finished fourth in the ACC Coastal Division, while Ole Miss was sixth in the final SEC West standings.
Before the Yellow Jackets jumped ship in 1964, the two teams spent 32 years as members of the Southeastern Conference. Despite that fact, they have played only three times: Georgia Tech beat Ole Miss in a 1946 regular season game and the 1953 Sugar Bowl, while Ole Miss won the 1971 Peach Bowl against the Yellow Jackets.
Vegas: Ole Miss is a three-point favorite, with the total set at 57. For more wagering info, visit OddsShark.
Weather: It's a chilly Monday in Nashville, with a high temperature of just 39 degrees.
Last year's score: Vanderbilt 38, N.C. State 24
Last year's attendance: 55,801
Last year's TV rating: 1.4 (2 million viewers)
Last year's payout for each school: $1,837,500
Team with the most all-time appearances: Kentucky (four)
Team with the most all-time wins: Kentucky, Minnesota, Vanderbilt (two)
Three names to know
Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss: Wallace threw for 3,090 yards and 17 touchdowns in his second season as the Rebels' starting quarterback, but is also a threat on the ground. He ran for 269 yards and four touchdowns this year.
Robert Godhigh, RB, Georgia Tech: Godhigh is second on the Yellow Jackets in rushing yards, carrying the ball 69 times for 694 yards this season. The 5'7 senior also leads Georgia Tech in receptions and receiving yards, catching 21 passes for 420 yards this season.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss: Moncrief's production dipped slightly from his breakthrough sophomore season, but he still managed to catch 53 passes for 825 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Rebels in all three categories.
Two things at stake
Ole Miss, which entered the season with one of one of the nation's best recruiting classes and significant forward momentum, needs a win to avoid a three-game season-ending losing streak. The Rebels hope to right a season that thrust them back into the national football conversation but ended in an overtime loss to rival Mississippi State.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson looks safe to return for 2014, but the Yellow Jackets need a win to avoid a second consecutive seven-win season. In his first 15 seasons as a head coach, Johnson had never won less than eight games. Georgia Tech fell to 7-7 last season, and could do so again.
How to witness
TV: ESPN is broadcasting the Music City Bowl, with coverage starting at 3:15 p.m. ET on December 30.
Radio: The Ole Miss Football Radio Network will broadcast from WQLJ 93.7 FM in Oxford and a variety of affiliates in Mississippi and Tennessee. Georgia Tech Radio Network flagship WCNN 680 AM/93.7 FM will have the game for Yellow Jacket fans, as will the linked affiliates.
Online streaming: ESPN provides streaming service through its WatchESPN app.