Uncertainty for Lane Kiffin’s team after Georgia loss

Ole Miss football’s loss to Georgia has led to a surge of uncertainty in the Rebels’ bowl predictions. Projections from six experts for the Rebels (8-2, 5-2 SEC) propose three different destinations, with three experts still placing Ole Miss in a New Year’s Six bowl game, while the remaining three have the Rebels falling out.

Here’s a look at Ole Miss’ bowl stock this week.

Peach Bowl: Atlanta, Georgia, Dec. 30

Who said it: Jerry Palm (CBS Sports), Steve Lassan (Athlon Sports)

Lassan and Palm stuck with their Peach Bowl projection from last week for the Rebels, despite their defeat to the Bulldogs. Both of them have the Rebels playing Penn State in this contest.

Ole Miss’ history at the Peach Bowl stands at 1-1, with the Rebels suffering a lopsided loss to TCU in 2014 and beating Georgia Tech handily in 1971. Notably, any matchup between Ole Miss and Penn State would be a first in history.

Cotton Bowl: Arlington, Texas, Dec. 29

Who said it: Brad Crawford (247Sports)

Another New Year’s Six bowl projection for the Rebels is the Cotton Bowl, where Crawford has Ole Miss taking on Texas (9-1).

Ole Miss has some history at the Cotton Bowl, having played in this game five times in its history, with the most recent trip ending in a 2009 win over Oklahoma State. A noteworthy storyline for this matchup would revolve around Arch Manning, a reserve quarterback for the Longhorns, who is largely associated with Ole Miss due to his family ties.

Citrus Bowl: Orlando, Florida, Jan. 1

Who said it: Brett McMurphy (Action Network), Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura (ESPN)

Experts unanimously picked Ole Miss to feature in a New Year’s Six bowl game last week, but the loss to Georgia has pushed the Rebels out. McMurphy, Schlabach, and Bonagura now have Ole Miss playing in the Citrus Bowl against Iowa (8-2). This would be the Rebels’ first time participating in the Citrus Bowl and a first-time meeting with the Iowa program.

David Eckert covers Ole Miss for the Clarion Ledger. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @davideckert98.

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