DALLAS -- Mississippi accepted an invitation Wednesday night
to play in the Cotton Bowl for the first time in 42 years.
The 17th-ranked Rebels (9-3), the SEC's representative for the
Jan. 2 game in Dallas, will play a Big 12 team that will be
No. 22 Oklahoma State (9-3), is the likely Big 12 opponent. But
No. 6 Texas (10-2) also is a possibility if the Longhorns don't get
an at-large spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
Ole Miss (9-3), which will make its sixth bowl appearance in
seven seasons, is led by senior quarterback Eli Manning.
"It's exciting to be a part of this storied bowl with such rich
tradition," Rebels coach David Cutcliffe said. "I'm truly excited
about the opportunity."
Ole Miss has played in the Cotton Bowl twice before, beating TCU
14-13 in 1956, and losing to Texas 12-7 in 1962.